Dan Henderson is a former amateur/Olympic wrestler and retired professional mixed martial artist with a net worth of $8 million. Regarded as one of combat sport’s greatest fighters of all time, Henderson made his wealth from his fighting career in the UFC, PRIDE Fighting Championship, and Strikeforce. He dominated all the fighting weight classes he participated in and was the first mixed martial artist to hold two titles in two different weight classes at the same time.
Dan has since called time on his career, spending time with his beautiful wife Racheal Malter. Read on to find out more about his wealth and wife.
Dan Henderson Biography Summary
- Birth Name: Daniel Jeffery Henderson
- Date of Birth: August 24, 1970
- Place of Birth: Downey, California, U.S.A
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: American
- Height: 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm)
- Weight: 84 kg (185 lbs.)
- Profession(s): Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist
- Marital Status: Married
- Dan Henderson Wife: Rachel Malter
- Instagram: danhendo
- Twitter: danhendo
How Dan Henderson Ammased His $8 Million Net Worth
Dan Henderson made himself a wealthy man after fighting at the highest level in mixed martial arts. He was notably the last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and the last Welterweight and Middleweight champion of Pride Fighting Championships. His earnings from these victories and all other fights he won have played a significant role in him having a net worth of $8 million.
Since retiring, he has launched a number of businesses that center around his career. He runs an MMA training camp and owns an athletic fitness center and fight club where he tries to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of fighters.
He Started Wrestling in High School
Dan Henderson began showing signs of being a fighter as a young boy. His competitiveness was noticed by his parents at a young age as he and his brother would always go at it. This prompted them to encourage their boys to join the school’s wrestling team where their father happened to be a coach. Henderson competed in freestyle wrestling but later concentrated on Greco-Roman wrestling where he excelled.
In 1987, Henderson was part of the school team that was crowned state champions in the California State Championships, having been placed second as an individual competitor. The following year, his school retained the state title but Henderson slumped in the rankings. That disappointment turned out to be the motivation he needed to win national crowns in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the National Junior Championships.
After high school, Dan Henderson attended California State University Fullerton and then Arizona State University where he continued wrestling. He was the university national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1991, 1993, and 1994. This allowed him the opportunity to represent the United States at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games as well as in the Pan American and World wrestling championships.
Henderson won His Debut Mixed Martial Arts Competition
In 1997, Dan Henderson began training in mixed martial arts. He found early success in the sport as he was crowned champion in his first-ever tournament – the Brazil Open Lightweight Tournament. He went on to win the next tournaments he fought in – UFC 17 where he famously fought with a broken jaw, and the Rings: King of Kings tournament.
Following those successes, Henderson dropped wrestling to fully focus on an MMA career which turned out to be the best decision he ever made. In his MMA career that lasted from 1997 to 2016, he fought in a total of 47 matches, winning 32 and losing 15.
Dan Henderson’s most notable MMA fights were against Kazuo Misaki, Quinton Rampage Jackson at UFC 75, Anderson Silva at UFC 82, Michael Bisping at UFC 100, and Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 – a fight described as the greatest fight in UFC history. The fight was so memorable that it has been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Dan Henderson is Married to Rachel Malter
Dan Henderson is currently married to Rachel Malter. Not much is known about the beautiful wife of the former fighter. No one seems to know how they met or where she comes from. What we however know is that they got married in 2014 after dating for a very long time.
Henderson made things fun when he proposed to his wife at the family’s annual Pig Roast. Within the hour of him getting down on his knees to ask for Rachel’s hand in marriage, they exchanged vows as Henderson had already bought a dress and had a minister waiting to make things official.
Who is Dan Henderson’s First Wife?
Prior to his marriage to Rachel, Henderson was married to a woman identified as Allison Henderson. Details of their union are not public knowledge and it is not clear what caused their separation.
How Many Children Does Henderson Have?
Dan Henderson has five children; two from his first marriage and three with Rachel. The name of the younger ones are not known but the older ones are daughters Sierra and Danielle, and son Reese Henderson.
What is His Ethnicity?
Dan Henderson is a White man of Native American, English, Scottish and French descent.
What is Dan Henderson Doing These Days?
Henderson spends most of his time with his family now that he is retired. When he is not with them, he is at his fighting club coaching young MMA talents.