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Dana White: Dan Henderson ‘Not Worth It’

(Dan also took his stapler and three boxes of ballpoint pens from the supply closet. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

Dana White has never been one to lose a fight gracefully. Now that Dan Henderson has scampered off to rival fight club Strikeforce, it’s time for DW to start telling everybody what a farce Hendo is. As White explained to MMA Fanhouse:

"Let me ask you a question. Do you think that there’s any guy we can’t get that I want? Other than Fedor [Emelianenko]? So far, he’s been the one guy we can’t get. But everyone else that we’ve wanted, we got. If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could’ve signed him…
For the money he wanted, he’s not worth it. He’s not a big pay-per-view star, he’s not a big attraction, and he’s not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn’t bring anything to the table…I could care less. Here’s the reality: If I wanted him, he’d be in the UFC. It’s not like, ‘F***, Strikeforce beat me out.’ He’s been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now."

Dana also claims that he effectively forced Henderson out of the organization:

White says that while he originally entered negotiations in good faith, after three or four meetings with Henderson and his management, he realized it was unlikely the two sides would come to terms. Eventually, he lowered his original offer, effectively forcing Henderson’s hand in signing with Strikeforce. "I wanted him to s**t or get off the pot," he said. "He was in this limbo forever, and he needed more motivation to make a decision.

Will Strikeforce be able to pay Henderson even close to what he was asking from the UFC? Probably not — but at least they’ll appreciate him. From an earlier report on Sherdog:

[Henderson's manager Aaron] Crecy said Henderson was “very pleased” with the terms of his new contract and that money was not the fighter’s sole objective in his decision to move to the newer promotion.
“Dan likes to be a maverick, and I think part of the attraction to Strikeforce was to be a part of something that broadens the growth of the sport within the U.S. and globally,” said Crecy. “The fact that Strikeforce offers a network television platform in CBS as well as a premium cable partner in Showtime was particularly appealing to him. It delivers an incredible opportunity for Dan to perform live before an audience of millions of present and future MMA fans. Also, (Strikeforce CEO) Scott Coker treated Dan with a great deal of respect and integrity throughout the negotiations, and that certainly affected his decision. Dan is very excited to be a part of the Strikeforce family."

Hey, whatever you gotta tell yourself…

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JRTC- December 29, 2009 at 8:39 am
I would have to agree to comments by 0311. Dana you are slowly turning into a Bald Fat verson of " Vince Mcman" you are turning a sport that so many of us love into a JOKE. 1. you just Fucked over Dan Hendo. 2. you keep shitty fighters that only ACT stupid for TV ratings. You and your people need to get it together man. Fucking movies video games..... Really... This is supposed to be about good fighters getting better. insted you've turned a great show like the ultimate fighter into a " let's see who act the most fucked up" on TV. What is going on??? REAL FANS like myself want to know? I know GOOD fighters who have sent in DEMO tapes for the show and have been looked over because they arent CRAZY or STUPID enough for ratings......... bottem line We are both FANS and FIGHTERS. STOP BEING AN IDIOT!!!! Do the right thing. Dan would have taken the belt from Anderson Silva this time..... I think Silva is an awesome Fighter b ut Dan had his number...
Arastmaus- December 8, 2009 at 6:51 pm
clutchy hopkins = retarded
knee_strike- December 8, 2009 at 11:37 am
@ ytrebil

Good points. Hendo indeed rocks, and Kimbo indeed sucks. I still think Dana did the right thing, however. At least your argument is sound.

@ Barc

Your point regarding MBAs is also good. People may not like Mr. White, but he knows how to run his own business. Like him or hate him, he's financially sharp. He sure as hell knows more about making a profit than the average MMA fighter or fan.
lukejitsu- December 8, 2009 at 9:16 am
rather see belfort vs marquardt looking forward to that
clutchy hopkins- December 8, 2009 at 8:09 am
hahah so weak astramaus. everytime i read the comments on here i find one more person that proves to me that i may be the only sensible person on here. i guess thats what happens on the ol' internet, where anyone can act like they're important
petro- December 8, 2009 at 7:52 am
hendo vs mousasi!

aww yea
Barc- December 8, 2009 at 7:36 am
Anderson Silvia, huh? I'm gonna have to look that guy up. Jumped Shipped? Is that a new service that UPS is offering? The future of MMA doesn't need anything but tomorrow. Is this your first post?
0311- December 8, 2009 at 7:14 am
I wrote it once and I will type it again. Dana is protecting his Cash Cow Anderson Silvia. Hendo wanted a rematch for the belt and Dana would not give it to him. That is why Hendo left not the money. That is Dana's cover story. Hendo has enough money to say f*** it and retire for life. Before the Bisping fight they were saying the winner would get a title shot. What happened to that. Hendo realized he would not get the title shot and jumped shipped. Either way competition is good for the business. It has to happen for the future of MMA.
Barc- December 8, 2009 at 6:27 am
I'm just curious how many of the dudes that post on here are MBAs. I'm not. I don't think I'd do a better job than Coker, White, or even Attencio. Dan jumpin to the small ship doesn't bother me at all. I think the truth is that the majority of the guys who buy the PPVs have only been watching for a year or two, and don't really give a shit about Dan Henderson. That's why he wouldn't get the deal. Obviously, we'll see how he does in Strikeforce; (or "the Force" just for AussieJosh.)
Clinch-Smash- December 8, 2009 at 6:23 am
Hendo will clean out Stikefore MW but I don't know what will happen if the Sweet Sassy fight happens, i love Hendo but that will be a tough one.

UFC Fanboy = DW, there is no why he isn't!
ytrebil- December 8, 2009 at 2:23 am
Regardless of whether you think Dana is a good businessman or not should not be the issue. The issue is that the UFC has lost a fighter like Dan Henderson and instead we get to see the UFC promote piles of trash like Kimbo Slice.
Arastmaus- December 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm
"hahah no arastmaus. if anything, your acting retarted for not understanding my point. your making yourself look less intelligent just to try and make an attempt at insulting someone who thinks your a douche anyways, how sad for you ::( .

now what i mean, is that i find all the ridiculous bullshit surrounding UFC's PPV's and such annoying, but i'm still a dedicated MMA fan. So obviously im not going to boycott watching these fighters just because i disagree with one promotions methods of selling MMA

p.s - arastmaus, get the dick out ya ass, noamsayn?"

Yep, that seals it.

I KNEW you were retarded.
robthom- December 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm
Just read the sherdog/hunt interview with Hendo.

Its a really good interview.

Hendo is so laid back.

I dont like to bitch about Dana, theres way too much of that already. But it does make Dana and the UFC look kinda like jerks just in contrast to Hendo's tone and disposition.

In the end I think I'm starting to agree with Hendo that it may have just been for the best. They just didn't fit together well. I've had "good" jobs that were bad enough in ways that made them not worth keeping if there was an alternative.
clutchy hopkins- December 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm
yo 831 son, get off my nuts you know your just scared homie
clutchy hopkins- December 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm
hahah no arastmaus. if anything, your acting retarted for not understanding my point. your making yourself look less intelligent just to try and make an attempt at insulting someone who thinks your a douche anyways, how sad for you ::( .

now what i mean, is that i find all the ridiculous bullshit surrounding UFC's PPV's and such annoying, but i'm still a dedicated MMA fan. So obviously im not going to boycott watching these fighters just because i disagree with one promotions methods of selling MMA

p.s - arastmaus, get the dick out ya ass, noamsayn?
831 Son- December 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm
Clutchy Hopkins- You are a fucking idiot. UFC doesn't want your bitch ass watching anyway. Loser, go watch WWE or Strikeforce (4 times TOPS a year). You are wack pussy.
Arastmaus- December 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm
@ clutchy hopkins

"UFC is gettin to be WACK. not that i still wont steal all their PPV's off the internet and wtach every single fight they produce.....but they are hella wack"

Why subject yourself to something you don't like? Sounds like something a retarded person would do.

Are you retarded?

You're retarded, aren't you?
clutchy hopkins- December 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm
hahaha i cant even be bothered to read half f the retarted shit people say on here about this particular subject, as soon as i saw someone agree with the shit that UFC fan said i had to back out on reading the rest. so all i gotta say is, your loss UFC. UFC is gettin to be WACK. not that i still wont steal all their PPV's off the internet and wtach every single fight they produce.....but they are hella wack
Bootylam- December 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm
It's not that difficult of a situation, Hendo just thinks he's a bigger draw than he really is. If he's not drawing in the big money, he won't get the big money. Nobody pays A money to a B lister. That's it.
robthom- December 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm
I wonder what Dano wanted?

I'll bet they weren't lowballing him financially. And as far as an "audience of millions" they gave him a TV show and at least 3 headliner fights.

Did he want dana to read him stories and tuck him into bed at night or what?

Dans a really good fighter, but he seems like he's always skirting the top shelf almost intentionally. Always the prince but rarely a king.
UFC fan- December 7, 2009 at 6:31 pm
"exes.for.iballs Says:
Mon, 12/07/2009 - 15:42

@UFC fan

Is what 831 son said true? Are you seriously that old and still that stupid? Whatever happened to with age comes wisdom? Or at least the ability to logically process thought. I bet you're divorced and your kids hate you.


Dana white is a jerk. Why would anybody talk crap about a good ol' boy like dan like that. I hope dan isn't the last fighter to jump ship on the UFC. Maybe it'll humble DW a little."

exesforassholes if you actually read this website more often you would know the answers to your question of my age. For your information I am happily married and she finds you children to be amusing and annoying, to qoute her. As for my kids they are college grads, have a house a nice job and a life all their own, unlike you. Try to get out of your dad's basement every now and then, ok?

"MachidaVsSilva Says:
Mon, 12/07/2009 - 15:53

UFC Fan, you are missing the point. No one doubts Dana has carte blanche. He's an asshole because he is "sour graping" Hendo for not sucking the D. He could have shown a little more respect. Dana isn't the one out there fighting. He treats the fighters like show dogs. And I watch UFC because I like the fights and the fighters, not because I think Dana White's a great business man. I honestly never understood why so many people were flaming you but I'm starting to."

Dana White doesn't have to fight he is the boss, and someone has to be so it is what it is, fighters work for the company, and the man who runs it is Dana White, get over it. You know why you don't see Hendo bitching? cause he knows better. Hendo got respect, he got told respectfully.. NO. Dana Doesn't owe Hendo anything you are confused and think with your dick, learn to use your brain from now on. Fighters are show dogs, and they like it, you are the only one who doesn't get it. Why does Chuck liddell wanna fight more? cause he is a fighter, he could make more money a part of the administration, BUT hes a show dog, he likes the spotlight, and he craves it. UFC is the best spotlight in the world, and every fighter in the world wants to get there.
If you want to flame me join in, doesn't faze me one bit, knock yourself out I can tell you as easy as the rest to go fuck yourself in the middle of the highway, it's up to you.

"virpz Says:
Mon, 12/07/2009 - 16:05

@ UFC fan

Shut up, bitch. You talk way too much and seems to say nothing, like always."

says the newbie nobody who has yet to post anything relevant to a topic yet. You can jump right on the end of the bandwagon to go fuck yourself in the middle of the highway as well. gang up and clusterfuck with the rest of the homo's.

Arastmaus- December 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm
@ Sully

"I went nuts and for some reason I decided to yell America in a British douchebag's face who lived in the same dorm as me in Japan."

Wow. You're an idiot.
Zyz Zyx- December 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm
KOing a can opener like Bisping doesn't make you a PPV draw.

I think it all went to Hendo's head, to be honest. Face it, Hendo's a good fighter, but he's not flashy and doesn't have a lot of amazing fights under his belt since coming to the UFC. Most importantly, he has the charisma of the rocks used to build his skull. Guys who get PPV shares are the guys who draw in casual fans who drive up the PPV buys. Casual fans don't know Hendo because casual fans never watched Pride where Dan got to beat up Wanderlai Silva using his own IV drip. Casual fans see a plain-looking, straightforward, unmemorable fighter who never held a belt in the UFC and whose only claim to fame is that he looked good against Silva for one round. And jackasses like Tito can't win a serious fight to save their life, but the casual fans know who they are. Life isn't fair.

Strikeforce will be good for him. He'll stand out more, though I don't think he'll ever become the a real draw.
knee_strike- December 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm
@ aaronb

The phrase "pale lilly" is a tad redundant. It's like saying "black and dark."

The fact that any fighter in the UFC could beat up Dana White is neither here nor there. It's like saying any player in the NBA could dunk on David Stern. White isn't a fighter. He's a businessman. If you (or anyone) wants to criticize White for his financial dealings, come up with a better argument.
aaronb- December 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm
Dana White isn't an asshole for not resigning Hendo.

He is an asshole for constantly bashing fighters, when 100% of them can kick is pale lilly ass.

Does DW even know what the "High Road" is?