Dan Henderson victorious at Strikeforce

Dan Henderson victorious at Strikeforce

When Dan Henderson stepped into the cage with Fedor Emelianenko he was doing so without much of a net below him if he fell short in the fight.

Obviously, Henderson didn’t need the net because he TKO’d the former Pride legend in the first round, picking up a huge win and putting himself in an enviable position as he entered his free agency period.

The fight with Emelianenko signified the last fight on Henderson’s contract with Strikeforce. Now, the veteran of several promotion and multi-time champion will go into negotiations seeking a new deal and the best possible fights for his career.

Currently, Henderson is enjoying some much needed downtime following the win over Emelianenko, but he still has hopes of getting at least one more fight in during 2011.

“I’m ready to fight, and I think I’m a valuable asset to make some money with also, and they know that,” Henderson told MMAWeekly Radio about his upcoming negotiations with Zuffa. “I’m not worried about what’s going to happen. I’d like to try and fight in December. Take another month off or so and get back to training.”

Despite Henderson’s standing as the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, many wonder if it would be financially viable for Zuffa to re-sign him to that promotion or just bring him back over to the UFC where he competed for several fights previously.

As far as Henderson is concerned, he really doesn’t care as long as the right deal is presented.

“It will probably come down to money, but it’s coming from the same people, so it’s a matter of where they’re going to make the most money off of me as well, and to be able to pay what I’m getting paid, they need to be making money as well,” commented Henderson.

Where they’d make the most money from Henderson is undoubtedly in the UFC. The former two-weight-division champion in Pride believes that probably makes the most sense as well, and if he had his way, it would be a title unification bout against the winner of Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

“I think the biggest fight they could promote is probably a title unification with whoever is the champ in the UFC,” Henderson said.

“I think for them to utilize the best potential to make money for everybody, I think they’d have to have Rashad wait it out one more fight.”

It’s common knowledge that Rashad Evans is currently the top contender and next in line for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, but would the UFC switch things up to welcome Dan Henderson back into the fold and give him the spot instead?

Right now, that’s the great unknown, but UFC president Dana White has commented that he plans on sitting down with Henderson in the near future to hopefully hammer out a deal.

Henderson is even willing to sit down with his old boss to get it done.

“If he’s the one I gotta talk to, I’m sure I could stare at his face for a little while,” Henderson joked when talking about White.

As far as timing goes, Henderson is going to enjoy some vacation and spend time with his family while negotiations are ongoing. He’s hopeful for a new deal to be reached sometime in the next few weeks, and if it’s done right, Henderson will more than likely be UFC bound.

“Hopefully within the next month while I have this time off, I’d like to know what’s going to happen, but I’m not in a huge hurry,” said Henderson.

“Just want to make sure the deal’s right.”

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

BJ Penn slams UFC's weight-cutting 'wimps,' calls IV hydration 'the biggest joke ever'

  • 24 days ago
  • 369 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight prospect Anthony Birchak called the "shitty" guidelines of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) "fucking dumb," not long after learning that read news >>

Morning Report: Dan Henderson wants rematches with Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfrot and Gegard Mousasi

  • 24 days ago
  • 15 views

Dan Henderson might be 44 but he's got fights lined up for years. Henderson signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC early in 2014 and reportedly took a decent pay cut to stick with the promotion fol read news >>

Training partner: Jon Jones back to training and acting 'positive'

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

The biggest fight of Jon Jones' life may still be ahead, but there are glimpses and signs that the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion is taking it in stride. Two weeks ago a photograph appeared on read news >>

UFC 189: 5 Reasons to Watch Mendes vs. McGregor Fight Card

  • 25 days ago
  • 29 views

After months of endless anticipation, the biggest fight card of the year is almost here. Kind of. It's hard to imagine this card being worth your while, especially considering how invested we all wer read news >>

'UFC 189 Embedded,' No. 3: McGregor on 'Conan,' Mendes' new phone number

  • 26 days ago
  • 56 views

Next week is arguably the UFC’s biggest fight week of the year, which means the debut of “UFC 189 Embedded.” Check out the third episode.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto 155 lb. fight nearing completion for November

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Two of boxing's biggest names are set to square off at 155 lbs. in November. It's not 100% set in stone yet, but it seems like it's going to happen. Two of boxing's biggest stars not named Manny or F read news >>

'UFC 189 Embedded,' No. 2: Mendes to Conor McGregor 'You're so tough, dude.'

  • 27 days ago
  • 22 views

Next week is arguably the UFC’s biggest fight week of the year. And that means a jump start with “UFC 189 Embedded” and a preview of next week’s pay-per-view event. Check out Episode No. 2 inside.Fil read news >>

'UFC 189 Embedded,' No. 1: Reebok photo shoots and breaking the Jose Aldo news

  • 28 days ago
  • 16 views

Next week is arguably the UFC’s biggest fight week of the year. And that means a jump start with the debut episode of “UFC 189 Embedded” and a preview of next week’s pay-per-view event.Filed under: N read news >>

Chris Weidman thinks Luke Rockhold could fight Ronaldo Souza for number one spot

  • 29 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman isn't sure if his title fight with Luke Rockhold will go ahead. According to Chris Weidman, there's a chance he won't be defending his middleweight strap again read news >>

Kharitonov not considering retirement: 'I think my fighting career is only at its beginning'

  • 29 days ago
  • 14 views

PRIDE and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov discusses his upcoming fight at M-1 Challenge 59, as well as his career expectations over the coming years. Although Russian star Sergei Kharitonov beg read news >>