Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dan Henderson May Leave The UFC Following Breakdown Of Contract Negotiations

According to a report from from Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole, UFC middle weight contender Dan "Hollywood" Henderson (25-7) could be making an unexpected exit from the UFC after he was unable to reach a new deal with the world's biggest fight promoter.

Following his one-round destruction of Michael Bisping (17-2) at UFC 100 in July, Henderson was told that he would probably get the next shot at Anderson Silva's (25-4) middle weight belt. It would have been a rematch of Henderson vs. Silva I at UFC 82--- a fight Dan lost by second-round submission. Perhaps the fact that his title shot was given, instead, to Vitor Belfort (19-8) left Henderson feeling disinclined to meet the UFC halfway. While it's still possible that the two sides will reach a deal, there are indications that Dan may be on the prowl for opportunities outside the octagon, like the fact that he's apparently speaking with the CEO of Strikeforce, Scott Coker.

Here's UFC president Dana White's take on the matter:
“We have a good relationship with Henderson, and there are no hard feelings...He had a figure he believed he was worth, and we had our own figure, and we weren’t able to get together.”

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