Dan Henderson Wants New Contract From UFC; Complains He Was Passed Over

UFC Quick Quote: Dan Henderson wants a new contract and a title shot to go with it: ”

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“I like Vitor (Belfort). He’s a good guy and he’s been around for a long time, but I just don’t understand why he gets to jump to the front of the line, especially when I beat him. I think it’s something that might have slipped their minds, that [it] happened. I’m not exactly sure. You’ll have to ask them on that, but to me, that’s what it seemed like. I feel like I have stepped up for them a number of times and have done things for them. I never turned Marquardt down. I basically made a statement saying that Marquardt and Anderson Silva are my next two fights regardless and I’ve got to beat them both to either become or stay the champ. I’m O.K. with fighting (Marquardt); we just have to come up with a deal. Basically anywhere’s a possibility, but I’d like to make things work with the UFC. I don’t know what they’re thinking. They haven’t gotten back to me at all since I flew out last week. I’m not trying to pin them over a barrel or anything. I feel like I was just undervalued before, especially toward the end of my contract.”

– Former number one middleweight contender, Dan Henderson, tells Sherdog.com that he hopes to re-sign a new contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) soon and rematch reigning division champion, Anderson Silva. Company president Dana White indicated that “Hollywood’s” sensational knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100 was enough to earn him another crack at “The Spider;” however, the Brazilian’s manager, Ed Soares, made the case that Henderson should take on Nate Marquardt first to determine a clear-cut contender. That idea didn’t sit too well with Henderson, who now gets pushed aside in favor of Vitor Belfort — who lost to Hendo at PRIDE 32 back in October 2006. Does he need to beat Marquardt to face the winner of Silva vs. Belfort? Or did “Dangerous” Dan already do enough to be next in line? Opinions please.

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Dan Henderson Holding Out On UFC For More Money

Quote of the Day: Henderson Holding Out for More Deserving UFC Deal: “


Dan Henderson. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

“I’m holding firm for what I think I deserve. If they sign me, I’ll fight who they want me to fight. Even if I get Silva now, after I beat him Marquardt would be the top contender, so I’d have to fight him next anyway. Beat him now or beat him later, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have to fight Marquardt eventually. If I was the UFC I wouldn’t waste a fight between us. It all depends on Anderson Silva. If he’s not going to fight until April, I don’t want to wait that long. But I’ll do what I have to do to fight him.”

— UFC middleweight contender Dan Henderson tells Michael David Smith of MMA FanHouse that he intends to hold out for a financially better deal than the previous one he completed with his highlight-reel knockout of Michael Bisping in July. Henderson is currently a free agent and while he wishes to stay with the UFC, negotiations between the two sides are apparently going slower than expected.

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