Dan Henderson will not be leaving the UFC in the foreseeable future.
The now forty-three year old Henderson has signed a new six fight deal with the promotion. Ariel Helwani first reported the news on UFC Tonight.
This was not the first time Henderson and the UFC were at a crossroads when it came to the signing of a new deal. Back in 2009, Henderson ended his UFC contract with a legendary knockout of Michael Bisping but was unable to come to terms on a new contract with the promotion. He ended up signing with the UFC’s then rival StrikeForce. In 2011, Henderson returned to the UFC after a 3-1 run in StrikeForce which included him winning the promotion’s light-heavyweight title.
Henderson’s first bout on his new contract will headline UFC Fight Night 38 on March 23rd. Henderson will face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a rematch of their classic 2011 bout. Henderson and Rua went toe-to-toe for five rounds at UFC 139 with Henderson ultimately taking home a decision victory. After his bout with Rua, Henderson went on to drop three straight bouts against Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and was most recently knocked out by Vitor Belfort, the first stoppage loss of his career. The bout with Rua was at first a rumor but Henderson later confirmed the news on his Facebook.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, as of today I will not be fighting in the UFC…
but come March 23 I will be! Hendo vs Shogun II Ufc Fight Night 38
The terms of his new contract were not in his favor. He stated that he and the UFC were ‘a little far apart’ as he spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. In the end, Henderson stated to Steph Daniels of BloodyElbow.com that he had to swallow his pride and take a pay cut so that he could finish his career with the UFC.
According to Helwani, Henderson was not completely happy with the details of his contract but it was good enough for him to re-sign with the UFC.
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