UFC president Dana White is open to bringing Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson back to the UFC.

Henderson, who most recently defeated Fedor Emelianenko by first-round technical knockout, fought the last fight of his contract with the win last Saturday night in Chicago.

Shortly after the UFC 133 pre-fight press conference, White commented on the potential to bring Henderson to the UFC for a third go-around.

“We’ll see what happens,” White said on Thursday in Philadelphia. “‘Hendo and I have had some history in dealing. We’ll see if we can figure something out and get him back in the UFC.”

Henderson last fought in the UFC in 2009 when he made a highlight reel knockout out of Michael Bisping at UFC 100. Shortly after that fight, failed contract negotiations with UFC representatives led to Henderson leaving the UFC and signing with industry’s number-two, Strikeforce.

Earlier this year, Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC, bought Strikeforce and Henderson returned to fighting with a Zuffa-owned contract, but continued to compete on Strikeforce cards.

White downplayed any idea that he was never interested in signing the Team Quest fighter out of Temecula, Calif., giving the impression that, in contract negotiations, sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some.

“It’s not that I’ve never been interested in Henderson,” White proclaimed. “Listen, you can come to deals with guys and you can’t.”

Henderson is currently on a three-fight win-streak after failing to make his bid for the Strikeforce middleweight title with a loss to then-champion Jake Shields in April of 2010. After returning to light heavyweight with a knockout win over Renato “Babalu” Sobral, “Hendo” made headlines with another knockout win, this time over light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Henderson earned the gold and, shortly after, speculation began to spin about a potential super-fight between he and former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

The bout came to fruition and on July 30. The two met, but not for long. Henderson took out the heavyweight legend with a fierce uppercut that sent him face-planting to the canvas in the first round.

For now, Henderson is on vacation, but negotiations with Zuffa about a potential return to the Las Vegas-based fight promotion, or at least Strikeforce, are sure to be on the horizon.

The possible re-signing of Henderson comes on the same day White announced that Zuffa would begin the process of cutting Fedor Emelianenko from Strikeforce.

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