Dan Henderson is a mixed martial arts (MMA) legend and a future Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame inductee, according to Dana White, holding two world titles simultaneously under the Pride FC banner and another during his tenure with Strikeforce.
"Hendo," however, has failed on two separate efforts in two different weight classes to obtain a UFC belt. He'll have one last opportunity to change that, as well as literally achieve what no other man, ever, has -- or ever will -- be able to accomplish, when he collides with Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 1, 2012.
And he has vowed to leave it all inside the Octagon on Labor Day weekend, knowing full well that an unlikely win could establish him as perhaps the most decorated fighter ever in the history of the sport. Jones, even with a loss, would still have many years to try and change that, but he'll likely have to do it in the UFC, and the UFC alone.
In the UFC 151 co-main event, Jake Ellenberger will look to get back in the thick of the Welterweight title chase after Martin Kampmann's knee snapped a six-fight win streak and dashed his position as the division's number one contender. The good news is he doesn't have to do it against the injured Josh Koscheck, who most certainly would have been a tougher test than his replacement, Jay Hieron.
However, Hieron does hold a win over "The Juggernaut," dating back to a showdown under the International Fight League (IFL) umbrella back in 2006. Much has changed in the six years since, but "The Thoroughbred" is a crafty journeyman who could have Ellenberger's number.
Stranger things have happened.