After months of speculation, has Dan Henderson finally made a decision on his future? Dana White thinks so.
According to Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole, White stated today:
“I guarantee you 1,000 percent that Dan Henderson is signed by Strikeforce.”
He goes on to say, “Dan and I have been friends and we will continue to be friends, but it just didn’t work out and he went to Strikeforce.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker however appears to have a different view of the situation.
“Honestly, I got a call from Dan’s management a couple of days ago telling me Dan had turned down the UFC’s offer,” he told Kevin Iole. “I guess the UFC made an offer and put a deadline on it. They turned it down and were calling to talk to me, but I told him I have this huge fight and there’s a tremendous amount going on and I couldn’t really deal with it at this point.”
Though White may have been slightly off the mark, it does appear that a deal with Strikeforce is now the most likely destination for Henderson.
Interestingly, speaking earlier today before this latest news was released, Gegard Mousasi, Dan Henderson’s likely opponent should he sign with Strikeforce, believed that Henderson would stay with the UFC.
“I don’t think he will come,” he told Ariel Helwani. When asked why not he shrugged and said, “I don’t think they are going to pay him that much.”
If Scott Coker is to be believed, and they have not yet signed a contract with Henderson, then what Mousasi has said may still hold true.
Bearing in mind that the UFC, the sports leading promotion, are unwilling to meet Henderson’s pay demands then the question that remains is, how can Strikeforce afford to?