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Dan Henderson – by the numbers

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Dan Henderson will take on Tim Boetsch at this weekends UFC Fight Night.

Both fighters will be looking to get back into the win column after losing their last fights.
Here’s a breakdown of our favourite, our veteran of the sport, Dan Henderson.

This will be Hendo’s 44th MMA fight to date, holding a record of 30-13.
Whilst 13 loses are justified as Hendo has faced the elite of opponents since competing from 1997.

With 5 major titles to his name, Dan Henderson has quite frankly seen it all.

It all started at Brazil Open 97, a lightweight tournament which Hendo won with relative ease.
Hendo then entered the UFC 17 middleweight tournament beating dangerous Brazilian Allan Goes and Canadian Carlos Newton both by decision to take home the gold.

Fast forward 1 year to Tokyo, Japan, where the Rings Kings of Kings tournament was being held.
In what was a death row of opponents Hendo bested Gilbert Yvel, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Renato Sobral to once again take home the belt.
In what would be his first loss of his career Hendo competed at Pride 12 on December 9th 2000, taking on ‘The Axe Murderer’ Wanderlie Silva.

Henderson stayed with the Pride
organisation until it’s liquidation into the UFC in 2007. Racking up 18 fights in Pride, Dan Henderson accomplished a feat none others had done before him. Simultaneously holding titles in the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions. It was know, Dan Henderson was a force to be reckoned with. He used he Olympic level wrestling and his heavy hands to establish dominance in what was the best organisation in the world at the time.

Hendo was back to the UFC.
He was to defend his titles in what would be unification title bouts against Anderson Silva and Quinton Rampage Jackson. Henderson lost both the bouts, and in turn, bragging rights for Pride FC.

Despite the 2 losses Hendo rebounded with a 3 fight win streak within the UFC against Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin, and who could forget, how could you forget?
The KO of the year, Michael Bisping.
This fight was also to be the middleweight title elimination bout but contractual disagreements found Henderson signing with Strikeforce.

His first fight saw him in a middleweight title fight against perennial champion Jake Shields.
In what was most an uneventful affair Shields used his grappling skills to keep Henderson on the canvas for the majority of the 5 round fight.

Henderson did see gold in Strikeforce as he once again beat Renato Sobral via devastating Ground and Pound.
He then proceeded to take the title from Raphael Calvacante, once again by a brutal TKO victory.

Henderson did not decent the Light-Heavyweight title in Strikeforce. Instead he decided to take a fight against the enigma, the legend, none other than the Last Emperor, Fedor Emilianenko. In what was billed to be one of the most anticipated match ups of all time Dan Henderson was given little chance against the behemoth of Fedor.
But once again, in typical Dan Henderson fashion, won the match via brutal KO.

Dan Henderson had put his statement on the world.
An emphatic performance bringing to light all the success of his career so far.

After the super-fight Hendo re-signed with the UFC once again to face Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
Now at 40 years of age the whispers of “retirement” started to creep in.
Hendo once again silenced his doubters by putting on the fight of the year with Shogun.
Hendo dominated rounds 1-3 knocking Shogun down multiple times whilst Shogun took the last 2 rounds in a convincing comeback performance. Hendo had his hand raised whilst the San Jose crowd around him erupted.

After that fight Hendo was promised the next shot at former champion Jon Jones at what would be the ill fated, UFC 151. Unfortunately Hendo sustained an injury forcing him from the card.
Chael Sonnen enter, the rest you know, is history.

Hendo would then go into face Machida, Evans, and Belfort. Unfortunately losing all matches, and having the first experience of being knocked out by the Phenom, Vitor Belfort.

Shogun was once again in Hendo’s sights as they locked horns in Shogun’s home turf of Brazil.
This time Hendo ended the fight with a devastating hook out of the clinch followed up by ground and pound.

Hendo shown once again, then when he is down, he will rise time and time again, forever proving his doubters wrong.

Henderson is once again riding a two fight skid, with recent losses to now Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi.

In what has been a long and storied career will Henderson once again come back with an emphatic victory over Tim Boetsch?
Or has time finally caught up with our Olympian, our champion, Dan Hendeson?

Whatever may be the result, Dan Henderson will go down in MMA history books, accomplishing many feats, breaking many records, and many, many faces in his time.

So, from all your friends at MMA Latest News we wish you the best of luck for your upcoming fight, and in the future.

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut 

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Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.

Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.

The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar.  While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.

Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.

Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

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