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Old 01-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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Default The Four Ages of Dan Henderson - Where/when was he at his best?

Stage One: 1998/2000 Rings/UFC Tournament/intro to Pride
Age: 28-30
Achievements: Won UFC 17 middleweight tournament by beating Carlos Newton, won Ring King of Kings 1999 tournament (beating Big Nog en route)
Stage-ending loss: Well beaten by ferocious Wanderlei Silva to lose his unbeaten record in his first fight in Pride

Stage Two: 2001/2006 Pride Years
Age: 31-36
Achievements: Won the Pride Welterweight Championship by beating Chonan, Gono and Bustamante
Stage-ending loss: Dropping a unanimous decision to Kazuo Misaki in the next Pride WW GP opening round

Stage Three: 2006/2010 S****om in Pride and the UFC
Age: 36-40
Achievements: Winning the Pride MW title with a revenge KO of Wanderlei Silva, being competitive but unsuccessful in title challenges vs Anderson Silva and Rampage Jackson, legendary KO of Michael Bisping after TUF coach season
Stage-ending loss: Weight-drained and dominated by Jake Shields in Strikeforce

Stage Four: 2010/present Light-Heavyweight and Zuffa
Age: 40+
Achievements: Winning Strikeforce LHW title, knocking out the great Fedor Emelianenko, outfighting Shogun Rua in epic 1st fight back in the UFC
Stage-ending loss: None as yet, stage still in progress

My question is, at which point was Hendo the best fighter he ever was? And your reasons for this opinion?
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