Contract negotiations between Dan Henderson and the UFC remain at a stalemate. As noted last week, UFC President Dana White recently stated to MMA Fix that he has a good relationship with Henderson, but that Hendo “was looking for an obscene amount of money.”
White noted during the UFC 104 pre-fight press conference last Thursday 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, however, disagreed, and told Sherdog through a representative that he was “not seeking to be the highest paid athlete in the UFC.”
Meanwhile Aaron Crecy, Henderson’s business partner and manager, told Sherdog that Henderson isn’t asking to be paid higher than the UFC’s champions, and is only asking for what he believes he’s worth.
“Contracts are confidential, so that statement’s impossible to prove or disprove,” Crecy stated. “However, we have done our due diligence. We certainly don’t believe that to be the case. Dan understands and we have a certain belief on where he stands in the hierarchy. Certainly there are champions and former UFC champions that deserve to be paid more than Dan.”
If you were to take White’s comments literally, then Henderson would be asking for something in the range of $5 million per year or more, which is around what Brock Lesnar is set to make this year after his fight with Frank Mir at UFC 100 in July. Lesnar made a base salary of $400,000 for the fight, and with UFC 100 generating a reported 1.72 million buys, his PPV bonus would be in the $4.5 million range, bringing his total to $4.9 million.
For now, White contends that negotiations with Henderson are over.
“You never know what’s gonna happen,” White said. “We’ll see what happens in time but as of right now, yeah, negotiations are done.”