The back-and-forth continues with Dan Henderson and the UFC. UFC President Dana White recently stated that Henderson had signed with Strikeforce, and the 39-year old former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion was in the corner of Thierry Sokoudjou at last weekend’s Strikeforce event, increasing speculation that he may soon be fighting for the organization.
“We might figure out a deal we might not, we’re still just waiting to see,” Henderson noted of his status with StrikeForce in a recent interview with MMA Fanhouse.
“I am not asking to be the top paid guy out there,” he noted. “I am just hoping to get out there and fight again and get paid what I would like to get paid.”
White recently stated that salary disputes have kept Hendo from re-signing with the UFC.
“We offered him a very good contract that is more than fair and very respectable for everything he’s accomplished in this sport and I guarantee you nobody else can pay him what we offered him, but he wants more,” White recently stated during an interview with MMA Connected. “At the end of the day, he has to do what he as to do for his business and I have to do what I have to for mine.”
White later told Yahoo Sports! that it was “1,000 percent that Dan Henderson is signed by Strikeforce.”
Henderson maintains that no deal has been inked with Strikeforce, and that White is misinformed.
“I can tell you that possibly Dana is misinformed sometimes, and he is possibly a thousand percent misinformed,” Henderson said.
As for Strikeforce, officials say that they would love to have Henderson on their roster.
“He’s a tough, aggressive, fun guy to watch. Who wouldn’t want a guy like that?,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker asked. “Of course we do, and that’s why we’ve spoken with them.”
For now, no official deal has been made public and Henderson has stated that he has not closed the door on re-signing with the UFC. Henderson also said that he is hoping to fight by Superbowl weekend.