At the ripe old age of 46, Dan Henderson has done a LOT for and in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Saturday October 8th, 2016, he attempts to do three things; win a UFC title at 46, (the oldest for any fighter besting Couture’s win at 43), repeat the blockbuster knockout of Michael Bisping, who is coming off wins over Anderson Silva and former champ Luke Rockhold, and retire, on top, gaining belts in the biggest three modern mma organizations, PRIDE, STRIKEFORCE, and the vaunted UFC.
If Dan wins, and that’s a BIG if, as he’s been on the downhill rapidly as of late since coming off TRT, he’ll retire the most decorated champion in MMA modern history, overtaking all others in having won the open Brazil Vale Tudo Tournament in his debut in 1997, defeating Brazilian Vale Tudo legend, Jose Landi-Jons, UFC 17’s four man tournament defeating Allan Goes and Carlos Newton in closely contested contests to earn his 2nd MMA tournament championship, the Rings: King of Kings belt in 1999, TWO Pride Belts, in different divisions, Strikeforces belt, and the UFC belt. Having wins over Wanderlei Silva in his Prime, Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce while being outweighed by over 30 pounds, and now entering his final bought, for UFC gold in enemy territory.
Look up. See that resume? That is the mark of a warrior, a man who’s sporting career has crossed three decades, and began when MMA was a tournament, with bare knuckles, and will end with it being a sport on par with soccer and baseball.
As a fan of MMA, I am not generally over-sentimental, however in the case of this fight, I can cheer both fighters on and hope that Dan “Hendo” Henderson goes out on top, with the title in his hands. It would be a fitting end to an amazing career.
The old Pride FC feelings got stirred back up last night as Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett prepared to make his return to Japanese MMA after over 10 years. He was scheduled to compete at Rizen 2 (the successor promotion of Pride FC) where Wanderlei was working in a promotional capacity. Here’s the background information to put the events that followed into perspective. See video below.
This video shows Krazy Horse brawling with Cristiano Marcello (The Chute Boxe BJJ coach) backstage at Pride FC Shockwave 2005. Ultimately, Krazy Horse was put to sleep via triangle choke at the hands of the BJJ black belt. The interesting part is, Krazy Horse has always maintained that the video was tainted by uncharitable Brazilian editing work. He claims, that once he got up, he rushed over and knocked out Wanderlei that night but the Brazilians are afraid to show it. Krazy Horse gives his play-by-play on the situation in the following video.
So that’s the back story, and the fun continued on Thursday night with an impromptu verbal altercation in the lobby of a Japanese hotel, where the two of them exchanged barbs about the famous incident. Aside from some colorful language, they seemed to part ways without incident. Last night, Krazy Horse competed at Rizen 2 against Minoru Kimura, knocking out the Japanese kickboxer in 7 seconds. Not only was it a spectacular finish, followed his usual (unusual) celebratory antics, but Krazy Horse took the opportunity to call out Wanderlei on the mic. See videos below.
Open weight bouts are not unheard of in Japan, and the fight scene over there has been stagnating for years. It would be incredibly unlikely, but I wouldn’t mind seeing an official grudge match like this happen under the Rizen banner.