Hard Knocks: 10 Fighters That Define Toughness

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Dan Henderson

Fight to Watch: Dan Henderson vs. Wanderlei Silva 2 – Pride Fighting Championships 33

Dan Henderson could easily be argued as the toughest fighter in the history of the sport, having captured numerous titles in a variety of weight classes all against top-flight opponents, while his success can be refined to a few simple attributes: his chin, his punching power and the physicality in his fighting style. Henderson is a true sportsman, staying humble in victory and defeat, but that does not change the fact that he has treated every fight like a one-man demolition job.

His aggressive, power punching style has led him to victory on dozens of occasions often in high-profile bouts. One if the best examples of the tit-for-tat style that made Hendo a household name was his Pride 33 knockout victory over Wanderlei Silva in a rematch that made him the sport’s first, and only, major two-division champion (simultaneously).

After eating the hardest shots the Brazilian bomber could throw, Henderson uncorked a thunderous left hook that left Silva out cold. The fight was one of many that further cemented Dan Henderson’s legacy as one of grit and determination to get the job done.

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