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Report: Henderson Declined Contract Extension

Reigning PRIDE Welterweight Champion and current light heavyweight UFC fighter Dan Henderson has revealed that Randy Couture may not be the only fighter unhappy with the UFC:

Light heavyweight Dan Henderson, who was in Houston on Saturday to conduct a clinic at Miletich Fighting Systems, says dealing with the UFC on compensation and contracts is challenging and not as easy as previous negotiations with Pride Fighting Championships.

“It seems like guys could be happier,” Henderson said. “Part of the problem is that they had a couple, three bad shows and got killed in Ireland (at UFC 72) on the money. And, possibly the fact that they spent a boatload of money buying Pride and didn’t do anything with it; they are trying to make some cutbacks, and the fighters aren’t overly happy about that.”

According to the report Henderson was offered a contract extension before his bout against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson at UFC 75 in September but declined it. While he is still going to “give the UFC a chance” at offering him another contract the 37-year-old may sign a shorter contract with another promotion or retire.

After losing the title fight against Jackson many expected him to move to the UFC’s middleweight division to unify the PRIDE and UFC championships. Henderson, however, has stated that he would like to continue fighting at 205 pounds with his eyes set on the Jackson’s Light Heavyweight belt. With only a single fight remaining on his current contract he is unlikely to receive a title shot without signing an extension for several additional fights.


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