White on Hendo: 'We'll talk'


Dan Henderson started fighting in 1997, in Brazil. His third fight was in the UFC, earning decisions over Carlos Newton and Alan Goes in one night. He fought the best in the world ever since. But Henderson is on a three-fight losing streak, dropping split decisions to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, followed by a crushing first round KO at the hands and feet of Vitor Belfort Saturday night.

At 43, Henderson holds one of the great records in the sport's history, across 17 years, and is at an appropriate point to retire, if he wants to. But he doesn't want to. Hendo said recently he wants three or four more fights, over the next two years, and in the UFC.

The UFC generally signs notable fighters to a new contract before the expiration of the old one. However, Henderson, who made a flat $250,000 per fight, waited until after the contract expired to negotiate a new one. A win over the surging Vitor Belfort would have put Henderson in a quite strong negotiating position. The loss puts him in a quite weak negotiating position. So weak, there is some doubt he will even be offered a contract at all.

UFC president Dana White addressed the question Saturday night after the end of UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil.

"Yeah, obviously we’ll get together, we’ll talk to him," said White. "He’s on a three-fight losing streak right now. His age and everything else, I’ve got to talk to him and see. I knew Dan would want to fight again; he’s a fighter, that’s what he does. So, we’ll talk."

White made similar remarks at the post-fight press conference, saying he will talk with Henderson in a few weeks to figure it out. Henderson, who suffered a KO for the first time in his career, went to the hospital after the fight.

What do you think UG? WIll the UFC re-sign Dan Henderson?


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fightharder site profile image  

11/10/13 5:48 PM by fightharder

What kind of fucked up disrespectful statement is that. You know that Vitor is also on TRT funnyman. And you know that Hendo still destroys the bigger part of the (admittedly weak) middleweight division.So some fucking respect as well please. Even mentioning Hendo in the same sentence at Tito at the moment is beyond fucked up.Unfortunately firmly believe the UFC is going to cut him. Though Hendo might take the big pay cut for his last couple of fights and stay around in the UFC. Though unfortunately i do not believe Bellator is going to make a move for him. Which is unfortunate because even at his age he is a lot more legit (in ever aspect including being a relevent PPV draw) then either Rampage or Tito are at the moment (and he always been the better fighter of the three).

Brigham site profile image  

11/10/13 3:46 PM by Brigham

Welcome to the UG

J2C1 site profile image  

11/10/13 3:42 PM by J2C1

I have a feeling you might be right. Something tells me he and Dana may not come to terms and he will take another offer elsewhere.

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

11/10/13 3:36 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

Oh I'm sure. I was just trying to be funny.

Kobayashi site profile image  

11/10/13 2:47 PM by Kobayashi

Sadly I think Hendo's next fight may be against Rampage.

DanHendersonsDentures site profile image  

11/10/13 2:12 PM by DanHendersonsDentures

Statements like this I just dont get, everyone on this website is always preaching about how fighters should be getting paid more. Yet when a guy finally starts earning some good $$$ and loses everyone starts saying he isnt worth it.An yeah you are right, that KO of Bisping and his fight with Shogun were so lackluster I dont think I will ever watch him fight again to be honest he is to boring lol gtfo

Kirik site profile image  

11/10/13 1:06 PM by Kirik

Not for me. The vigilance it takes to be on the lookout for Chris's UG Blog errors is exhausting.

Media Monster site profile image  

11/10/13 1:02 PM by Media Monster

Damn from fight of the year to we'll talk. I hope it's a good conversation. Hespect

jujubre site profile image  

11/10/13 12:58 PM by jujubre

I did not know Dan henderson began fighting in 2007

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

11/10/13 12:44 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

Well it was fun while it lasted.