3. Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Yes, the recently retired Dan Henderson comes in next with one of the sickest finishes of the year.
Coming off of a first round head-kick knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in Brazil, Henderson would run into Hector Lombard, who was returning to middleweight after his third round TKO loss to Neil Magny in March at welterweight.
During the first round of the bout, both men were nearly finished as both Henderson and Lombard found themselves rocked after eating some heavy shots. In the second round, however, a head-kick from Henderson caught by Lombard would allow the former Olympian to land a reverse elbow for the knockout win.
The knockout earned Henderson “Performance Of The Night” and surprisingly a title shot against Michael Bisping four months later, despite being ranked the No. 14-ranked middleweight in the UFC.
After suffering a unanimous decision loss to Bisping in their title bout in October, Henderson would hang up his gloves for good to cap off his legendary MMA career.