Dana White claimed during yesterday’s UFC 104 pre-fight press conference that the demands Dan Henderson was making for a new deal would make him the highest paid fighter in the organization.
“The money that he’s [Henderson] asking for would make him by far the highest-paid guy in the UFC,” White said.
Henderson recently stated he was in talks with other organizations, however preferred to re-up with the UFC. Henderson’s friend and business partner Aaron Crecy noted to MMA Fanhouse earlier this week that they have spoken with Strikeforce, but are nowhere close to coming to terms on a deal. White admitted to going to dinner in Beverly Hills this week and finding Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker dining with Henderson’s agent, Jordan Feagan.
“What are the (expletive) odds with every restaurant in L.A. that I go to, these guys are here?” White asked during the presser.
White noted earlier this week that negotiations between the UFC and Henderson were at a stalemate, and Henderson was free to move on. He noted during the press conference that Henderson won’t find a better offer from Strikeforce than the one they presented to him.
“I guarantee the offer I made him, Strikeforce can’t pay,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated reported that Crecy denied that Henderson was asking for an “obscene amount of money”, as White had stated earlier in the week.
“Based on conversations we’ve had with other fighters and managers, we don’t believe that to be the case,” Crecy noted.
Despite the contractual impasse, White admits that he still likes Hendo, even if he doesn’t believe he’s worth what he’s asking.
“You’ll never hear me say a bad thing about Dan Henderson,” White noted. “Other than he’s ugly, and that’s just the truth.”
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