Dan Henderson’s days in the UFC appear to be numbered, and the former two-division PRIDE champion may be headed to Strikeforce. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Henderson has been unable to come to terms with the UFC on a new contract.
“We have a good relationship with Henderson, and there are no hard feelings,” UFC President Dana White said. “He had a figure he believed he was worth, and we had our own figure, and we weren’t able to get together.”
Henderson’s first two fights with the organization were title bouts, with the former PRIDE welterweight (183 lb) and middleweight (205 lb) champion merging those titles with the UFC middleweight and light heavyweight titles against Anderson Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, respectively. Henderson lost both bouts, however has since went 3-0 and had been openly asking for a rematch with Silva. Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, felt that Henderson should face Nate Marquardt to determine the top contender for Silva’s title, since Silva had already defeated both men.
Henderson had openly stated for the past several months that he planned to finish his career in the UFC despite being a free agent. However, “Hendo” may now be finding a new home with Strikeforce. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed to MMA Fanhouse that he had spoken with Henderson, but wouldn’t elaborate on what came of those discussions.
“We’ve had dialogue with Dan but that’s all I’d like to say,” Coker stated.
Henderson’s friend and business partner Aaron Crecy noted to MMA Fanhouse that they have spoken with Strikeforce, but are nowhere close to coming to terms on a deal.
“We had a brief get-to-know-you session with (Strikeforce) and met them for coffee, but to say he’s close to signing would be a gross misrepresentation,” Crecy explained.
Crecy also noted that the door isn’t completely closed with the UFC either, stating, “Until something is signed, nothing is ever over.”
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for more on this story as it develops.