Dan Henderson’s career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship has ground to a close in a contract stalemate, and the former two-division PRIDE champion appears on the verge of signing a deal with the rival Strikeforce promotion.
Henderson could not be reached for comment Friday, but White confirmed he was unable to come to terms with Henderson. White did not immediately confirm whether the UFC retains the right to match contract offers under the terms of Henderson’s previous deal. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker did not return phone calls.
White, though, said he wanted to re-sign Henderson but couldn’t agree on the money in a new deal.
"We have a good relationship with Henderson, and there are no hard feelings," White said. "He had a figure he believed he was worth, and we had our own figure, and we weren’t able to get together."
I'm really curious what Dan Henderson thinks he's worth. He reportedly made $250,000 (including $150,000 win bonus) in purse money at UFC 100. While he probably deserves some sort of raise, I personally don't think he's worth any more than $200,000-250,000 in guaranteed money per fight.
I've seen people postulate that Henderson increased his value after appearing on the Ultimate Fighter and knocking out Michael Bisping at the aforementioned UFC 100 super show. I don't buy it. Or, rather, I believe he increased his visibility, but that visibility was never much to talk about to begin with.
In any case, this would be a nice little coup for Scott Coker and co. Henderson will probably want to fight at 205, and the big question is whether they'll give him Mousasi right away or have him fight someone like Mike Whitehead or Renato Sobral.
UPDATE: From Josh Gross’ Twitter account
Dan Henderson has not received an offer from Strikeforce. He met Scott Coker for the first time and they had coffee. That’s it.
Don’t expect Henderson to make any moves before the Nov. 7 Strikeforce card on CBS. Again, he has not even been offered a deal.