Mixed martial arts veteran Dan Henderson will definitely be able to say upon the closing of his career that he did things his way. The 41-year-old has made it a point to compete where the pay is good and the match-ups interesting, no matter what. After reaching peak popularity in the UFC with his spectacular knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100, Hendo jumped ship and set up shop at Strikeforce, where he eventually won the light heavyweight title.
Now, with the UFC’s parent company Zuffa, LLC, having purchased Strikeforce (a similar situation to when the UFC bought Pride and Hendo had just won the promotion’s middleweight title), Henderson saw the writing on the wall and rejoined the UFC’s roster. He is currently on deck to face fellow Pride FC veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and at a presser held today to promote that bout, Hendo talked about returning to the UFC.
“I guess it’s a little ironic that anytime I win a title somewhere, Dana has to buy the company to get me back,” said Henderson, getting a laugh.
“I’m excited,” he went on. “The best match-ups for me are here in the UFC. Worldwide and jsut to get competition against the top guys in the sport. You know, Strikeforce has a number of guys that are tough and I felt like I fought some of the tougher guys over there. My last one with Fedor, beyond that I wasn’t excited about anybody coming up that I might be fighting other than the guys that were gonna be in the UFC. So, it was good timing, I guess, that he came in and swooped up Strikeforce again. I’m excited.”
Henderson will face Rua this November 19 at UFC 139, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.