Now that the dust is settling around Dan Henderson’s decision to sign with Strikeforce, the fighter is now openly admitting that not getting a title shot against Anderson Silva, which instead was given to Vitor Belfort, was a main reason he decided to sign with the promotion.
“Honestly, even if they had given the Silva fight to Nate Marquardt I would have been OK with that, because he’s pretty much in the same boat as I am,” Henderson told FanHouse.com. “But to give it to Vitor Belfort, a guy who hadn’t fought at that weight? And a guy I’d beaten?”
The 39-year old two-time United States Olympic wrestler also admitted that he had another major reason for signing with the promotion, noting that he wants more fans to see him in the cage.
“There’s going to be a lot more eyes watching me on CBS than there would be on a UFC pay-per-view,” he stated.
Henderson went on to say that he harbors no hard feelings against the UFC, but wishes the organization would have treated him better.
“I felt like there could have been a lot more respect for what I’d done,” he said. “I just felt like they didn’t really care one way or the other whether I was there. I felt like they could have taken care of me a little better, but I have no hard feelings.”
Henderson, who last fought at UFC 100 last July defeating Michael Bisping via a devastating knockout in the second round, may have his first fight with the promotion in April of 2010.