Middleweight contender Dan Henderson responded Friday to a Yahoo! Sports report that he was close to finalizing a deal with Strikeforce, telling MMA Weekly that he hopes to return to the UFC but that he’s exploring all his options.
“I’m still hoping to come to terms with the UFC, until I heard this. And I will be exploring other options for sure, but I definitely need to make sure I get paid. I’ve never even seen an offer from [Strikeforce],” said Henderson, who is coming off a devastating knockout victory over Michael Bisping in July. “UFC’s got a business to run and I’m not doing charity work with this. I don’t believe that I’m asking for too much money, and I know for a fact that I’m taking less money than other fighters. I’m sure that I’ll find a job somewhere.”
Should he return to the UFC, Henderson is expected to square off against fellow contender Nate Marquardt or could get an immediate shot at the middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva.