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Free Agent Dan Henderson Wants to Fight For UFC and Strikeforce, Says He Was Asked About Rematching Silva on Fox

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MMA’s top free agent Dan Henderson sat down Monday with Clinch Gear Radio to talk about a number of topics including his last fight with Fedor Emelianenko, whether or not he thinks the Russian fighter can return to his former glory and where his own career stands as of now.

For those of you whose ADHD makes it impossible to pay attention or whose workplace Internet filters make it impossible for you to watch YouTube videos, we have you covered with the transcription of the meat and potatoes below. You’re welcome.

Here’s what “Dangerous” Dan had to say about:

Whether or not he thinks Fedor can return to form:
“I think that he could recapture that [former glory], for sure. It takes a little bit of time once you get re-motivated. He probably took a couple years where he let the sport go past him a little bit. It’s gonna take him a little bit of time to play catch-up. I think he’s very dangerous and well-rounded and a tough guy, so I don’t see him having trouble getting back in there, no problem. I do think that his size is a little bit of…He’s right between light heavy and heavyweight and he’s a small heavyweight and he might not like to cut weight, so…we’ll see.”

Where his KO of “The Last Emperor” ranks on his list of career accomplishments:
“I guess as far as accomplishments go, it ranks right up there at the top. I think I just hit him right on the button. He wasn’t expecting anything at all to come from that angle and I hit him right on the chin, so I think it caught him so off guard that I think it knocked him face-first into the ground. It was something that I was definitely happy to have happen.”

Whether or not he was disappointed that Fedor said their fight was stopped early:
“I wasn’t disappointed at all [when he said the fight was stopped early]. I think at the time that the ref finally pushed me all the way off he started to kind of come to a little bit, but had the ref not gotten involved at all, he would have been knocked out. I can see his point, but it doesn’t disappoint me at all. I know the position I had him in and I know that with him falling face-first out cold for a second or two, I think the ref definitely made the right call. I just think that he should have been a little more aggressive getting me off of him.”

Whether or not he feels that there are any viable contenders left for him to fight in Strikeforce now that the UFC has picked the carcass:
“I definitely feel that there’s still the possibility for me to defend that belt in Strikforce, but I think now that the UFC has bought Strikeforce and they need to make money and I need to make money, so we’ll see what happens. I’d like to work out a deal where I’m fighting in both promotions.”

Whether it’s more lucrative for him to fight in the UFC because of pay-per-view bonuses he could negotiate as part of his new deal:
“For me it’s about the money and about the fights as well. I think both organizations definitely have the fights, but we’ll see. The pay-per-view [percentage] definitely could make a difference as well and I think either way, I’m hoping to get a pay increase after my last three fights, bt you never know.”

Where he wants to fight more:
“There [are] definitely some interesting fights over there [at Strikeforce]. Obviously they’ve got a little bit more depth over at the UFC, but there [are] definitely some guys that would be a tough fight and an interesting match-up in Strikeforce. I would love to be able to defend my belt in Strikeforce and be able to go over and unify belts in the UFC and get a couple fights over there.”

The UFC’s deal with Fox:
“I think it’s great for the sport and I think, obviously Fox wouldn’t have signed such a big deal if they [didn't know] the viewership that the UFC brings. I’m excited about it as well. For me it’s a matter of being in front of new fans.”

Whether or not he was close to rematching Anderson Silva on the Fox debut show:
“You’d have to ask Anderson Silva’s camp, but I don’t think it was close at all because I don’t think he wants to fight me. It was something that was talked about and I said, ‘Sure, no problem. I’d do that.’ I’d cut down to 185 to fight him, but nobody else.”

If that is the rematch he wants most out of any of his losses:
“Probably. Especially the way he fights most the time. He’s disrespectful to his opponents and the fans at the same time.”

His current relationship with UFC president Dana White:
“I think he likes me, just because I don’t get in between him and his dinner.”

How he feels about the current state of his MMA career:
“I feel pretty good where I’m at. I feel I’m able to compete with anyone in the world at any weight class, especially the 135-pounders.”

How his career now compares to his heyday in PRIDE:
“Obviously the feeling was good back then as well, but if I compare the fighter I was then to the fighter I am now, I’m much more improved. I’ve learned, I’ve progressed with the sport and just continued to try to improve. My conditioning has been a focus in my last three fights and I think it showed.”

How he feels health-wise at age 41:
“Good. I’ve been real smart my last few training camps and my body’s been feeling pretty good. Knowing when to kinda back off and let my body recuperate has been a huge adjustment.”

Whether or not he’s interested in fighting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua:
“Yeah, I think that would be a great fight. Obviously the fight that I would want, and I think the fans would want even more, would be to see a title unification between whoever’s the UFC champ at light heavy and me. I would like for that to happen, but there’s a ton of fights over there. Shogun would be one of them. He just came off of a pretty big win and it would be something that all of the old school PRIDE fans would like to see, I’m sure.”

When he wants to compete again:
“Ideally, I would like to fight some time in December, even on the New Year’s Eve show would be great. But no later than that. Then again in probably February-March and again in June. I want the summers off.”

Whether or not he enjoys being a free agent since he seems to do it so much:
“It’s nice to not have to think about [where you're next fight will be] and know what it is, but it’s also exciting to do that good ole’ negotiating phase and see what my next fight’s gonna be all at the same time in the negotiations. I don’t know. I’m just enjoying the moment and where I am right now.”

When he thinks he’ll have a new deal in place with Zuffa/Forza LLC:
“I’m sure we’ll figure out a deal within the next month, two weeks. I would love to be able to fight in the UFC and defend my belt in Strikeforce.”

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J. Spaceman- September 14, 2011 at 7:55 am
You know what haters do.
Zescape- September 14, 2011 at 6:58 am
LOL, there's some serious know-nothings on this thread. Perhaps you guys should start watching curling instead.
FrontKick Dentist- September 14, 2011 at 4:40 am
Hendo knocking Bisping into a mini seizure priceless.
Jackal- September 14, 2011 at 4:34 am
rains it pours? My first and second posts were both insults at Dan. You guys think what you want, but Dan is a douche. Anyone that can't see that after 3 minutes of interviewing him is probably a douche too. And please stop with the Fedor spiel Dan! You beat fedor, after everyone else got to, and call it a spectacular moment in your career. I think his win over Fedor is like starting to have sex with your girlfriend, then she has to leave, so you finish yourself and blow it into a napkin. It's just not the same, dude.
vincenthideaki- September 14, 2011 at 12:31 am
how can anybody make such an ignorant statement towards hendo?
he's a natural 185er who has no problem jumping weight. he's fought Gilbert yvel nogueira at heavyweight. but to say he's over rated? not only does he have balls but he's beat the who's who in Mma. look at his record. the rampage fight was a great fight. yes Anderson owned him but he's calling him out. who else is challenging jones and silva? hendo has dynamite in his hands and a solid chin. to say he couldn't hang with the elite fighters is a stupid comment. educate yourself
ghostboner- September 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm
When it rains it pours I guess, all the Hendo dis-likers comin out on one post. I like Hendo, he just seems confident, not a big headed douche like Bones. I agree on the Dick Franklin fight though, that was robbery. And I see no reason for a rematch with Spider.
RwilsonR- September 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm
... And he does NOT deserve a shot at either 185 or 205 in the UFC. What has he done at either weight class to earn a shot at the UFC champ? Get laid on by Shields for a decision loss? Stick his fingers in Anderson's mouth, nose, and eyes for two minutes before getting pounded and choked out 3 years ago?
RwilsonR- September 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm
I agree with Shifty-eyed Dog, MRuss. Everyone assumes he's humble because he is generally laid back and soft-spoken, but he is one of he most arrogant guys around. I was also never a fan of his in Pride. Actually, I started off being a fan in his fight with Nog, and then went downhill from there. All the split-decisions and the two fights with Misaki sealed it for me, and I think he has been overrated for a long time.
The fight with Franklin really piseed me off, since he should have lost, and was losing big in the third round until he poked Franklin in the eye.
I'm also not a fan of HRT being allowed at all in this sport, and I don't think it is insignificant to his resurgence.
I don't outright hate the guy, and I don't deny his place in the history of the sport. I just think he is overrated, and I've never been a fan.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- September 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm
Don't hate Wanderlei, but not a fan. He's well past his prime too.
As for Hendo, I just think he's pretty full of himself for someone who only dominates in the minor leagues.
avaholic46- September 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm
peacexxl, While I agree that Hendo already had his unifying shots and doesn't deserve to walk in to a title shot, I think you ought to give him more credit than the "greatest gate keeper of all time." Hendo's list of opponents read as a who's who of MMA's greatest fighters and he's come out on top more often than not.
peacexxl- September 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm
Didn't Super Dan already have a shot at unifying belts and lose both? First he thinks he deserves to jump the line and make Rashad wait...again. And now he wants to fight the Spider on Fox. He got his ass handed to him by the the top guys in the UFC despite all the hype he came with. I think maybe he still thinks he is in Pride. He is really just the P4P greatest gate keeper of all time.
Mike Russell- September 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm
@Shifty-Eyed Dog: Did Dan lose you money on the Fedor fight or did he steal your GF?

You're probably the first Hendo hater I've ever encountered. Do you hate Wand too?
Shifty-Eyed Dog- September 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm
1) Dan is overrated

2) Why does he think he should be allowed to fight in both? So far everyone else who made the move had to abandon SF and sign with UFC. Why should he be any different?

3) I can't wait to see someone knock him the F out, hopefully ending his career.
Jackal- September 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Dan Henderson makes other MMA fighters look like they have noses.
Goat- September 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Dan Henderson makes other MMA fighters look like chumps and pussies.
Fried Taco- September 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Might was well go for the WEC belt while you're at it, Dan.
Jackal- September 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm
kissin' ass and namin' names. keep the truck running, Dan.