As of right now, former PRIDE champion Dan Henderson is a free agent. The last fight of his current contract was his bout with Michael Bisping at UFC 100, but he hopes to strike a deal with the UFC if the price is right.
“I want to stay in the UFC,” Henderson recently told FanHouse.
Hendo stated that for him to stay in the UFC, the organization must meet his salary demands.
“I’m holding firm for what I think I deserve,” Henderson said. “I think I’ve earned that.”
The UFC was hoping to re-sign Henderson and have him face Nate Marquardt in the main event at UFC 105 in November. The organization has since announced that Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera will headline the event. Henderson has openly stated that he is only interested in one opponent – UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“I’ll do what I have to do to fight him,” Henderson stated.
39-year old Henderson is still reeling over his loss to Silva in March 2008. He says he was “drained and worn out” during the fight, and now he wants a shot at redemption.
“I didn’t feel like I fought well when we fought before,” Henderson said. “I didn’t do everything I could have done in the first round. My body was feeling drained and worn out.”
But Hendo may have to wait a while before he gets a fight with Silva. “The Spider” is currently recovering from injuries and it is unknown when he will return to the octagon.
“It all depends on Anderson Silva,” Henderson said. “If he’s not going to fight until April, I don’t want to wait that long. But I’ll do what I have to do to fight him.”
For now, Henderson is training hard and looking to sign with the UFC.
“I’m getting in shape like I’m going to fight,” he said. “I want to stay in the UFC.”