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.