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Dana White: Dan Henderson Wanted “An Obscene Amount of Money”

One of things we didn’t see in Dana White’s most recent video blog from the lovely Casablanca hotel and casino in Mesquite, Nevada was him sitting down for a conversation with Raw Vegas‘ Dave Farra.  Not that we blame DW for cutting that portion out.  I mean, talking to Dave isn’t going to be the highlight of anyone’s night, trust me.  But it is interesting to hear how White characterizes his negotiations with Dan Henderson, and just how different that characterization is from the way Hendo sees things.  According to White, they couldn’t come to terms with Henderson because he "was looking for an obscene amount of money."  Now there’s an interesting use of the past tense.  Chances are that if you asked Henderson, he’d tell you that he continues to want that same amount of money in the present.

The question is, what does White consider obscene when it comes to Henderson?  His official take for beating Michael Bisping in his last fight was $100,000 to show with a $150,000 win bonus.  Is he looking to double that figure now, or perhaps even triple it?  White says you never know what might happen down the road, and until Henderson signs with someone else there’s always a chance he’ll be back, but DW has made it very clear that Hendo would first need to reevaluate his concept of what he’s worth to the company, and that’s never what a fighter wants to hear.

The good news coming out of this video, however, is that you can skip to the two-minute mark and see for yourself what really happened to Dana’s cousin in his first MMA fight.  Seemed like things were going well, but he got sloppy and got caught.  Personally, I thought it was an early stoppage. 

Don’t sweat it, Slim Shady.  You’ll be back.  Unfortunately, Dana’s going to have to cut you from his family until you get a couple of wins in a smaller, less prestigious family.

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ScrambledEggs- October 21, 2009 at 11:16 am
Dana White sucks cock!

End of conversation. Go and pretend to be a tough guy now Dana.
agentsmith- October 21, 2009 at 9:54 am
If Hendo's making $100K to show plus $150K to win, that puts him equal with Forrest Griffin (at $150K to show plus $100K to win). Does he deserve more than that? Maybe, but not ALOT more.

Stars like GSP, Rampage, BJ, etc, are making between $200-250K to show... of course that doesn't include any PPV percentage they may be getting. The bottom line is Hendo is a solid fighter, but he's just not a very big star. If he thinks he's worth the same kind of money as those guys, he's mistaken.
merv- October 21, 2009 at 7:45 am
I agree that that performance wasnt good against Bisping, but i think the real reason for his one dimensional approach was he knew Bisping wasnt gonna be able to hurt him and he wanted a good finish. I dont think for one second that would be his gameplan against stiffer competition, especially if he needed a win for a title shot.
Deathb4tapout- October 20, 2009 at 8:33 pm
I have to agree with 831. I was at UFC 100 and I said that to my buddy. I was like dude Hendo just isnt the same Hendo anymore. He never goes for a take down and all he does is throw that damn hook.

Personally I think he at best the top 5 to 10 in 185 and not even close in the 205 weight class. And this is coming from a HUGE Hendo fan. His Pride fights were awesome but it was Pride and this is the UFC and we have seen a big difference from then and now.

I dont blame Hendo for trying to get as much as he can since he is getting older but sometimes you have to say its better to get something then nothing. I wish him the best if he goes to Strike Force but he is selling himself short by going there.
831 Son- October 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm
That knockout on Bisping was priceless. But if you look at the whole fight leading up to the KO, Henderson looks like complete shit and telegraphing his every punch (right hooks). If you are basing his salary off skill level/technique in that fight, then he is worth like 10 grand. KO'ing Bisping does deserve 100 gs but if Hendo fought like that against anyone noteworthy, then he would get destroyed.
cagefightmon- October 20, 2009 at 6:57 pm
Wants his grubby chubby hands on a new weight class with Mike Brown.
reddog- October 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Does he really mean obscene? As in brazilian midget lesbo scatfest fisting and bestiality part 8, that kind of obscene?
Joedirt- October 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm
Dana is a dick. I hope they all leave the UFC. Of course I just hope they all go to the same place.
Mex- October 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm
If Hendo signs elsewhere more people may jump ship thinking they can get paid better in the same place, which may be accurate with CBS and Showtime financial backing in Strikeforce. Way to dig your own grave Pinkberry.
Koeikan- October 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm
lol @ verbal sparring @ Ferra & "less prestigious family."

I'm guessing Hendo's numbers had less to do with the guarenteed money and more with getting a cut of the backend PPV sales. I'm guessing being a co-headliner for UFC 100, which did obscene numbers, has something to do with it too.

Dana gave him a bum ride. You don't do that to Hendo without paying for it.
One Two- October 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm
danas suing two guys from new york because he thought he should get a larger percentage of their cash cab winnings. (in his defense the video bonus was all him)
Jeffro- October 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm
I bet Dana is just bent that Hendo destroyed his British Golden boy. What did he think would happen when he put him against a killer like Dan. I hope they come to resolutions. I would hate to see him go.
Chiggs- October 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm
So Obscene amount of money = A ploy for Hendo Not to return to the UFC? Being disrespected does wierd shit to people, says wants sick amount from the UFC, if he gets it great, if not Fuck it an Sign with StrikeForce for what he was getting before plus signing bonus??? Doubt it but stranger shit has happened.