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Okay, Now Dan Henderson Has Signed with Strikeforce

(Dan doesn’t usually pick up hitchhikers, but you got such a pretty mouth…)

After months of speculation from the media and a healthy dose of smack talk from Dana White, Dan Henderson has finally signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, reports MMA Fanhouse.  There’s no word yet when he’ll make his official debut in the organization, or whether he’ll compete primarily as a middleweight or a light heavyweight, but at least one thing is for certain — that chubby British kid who demanded that DW resign Hendo is going to be pissed.

Now that we know where Henderson is going to compete, it’s time to play matchmaker.  Say you’re Strikeforce’s Scott Coker.  You’ve just signed one of the best middleweights in the world, so you could toss him in the mix with guys like Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, "Mayhem" Miller, Cung Le, so on and so forth.  Or, you might decide that you’ve got enough talent at 185 pounds, and shuffle him into your light heavyweight class so that Gegard Mousasi finally has someone worthwhile to fight. 

There are positives and negatives to either decision, but the pressure’s on.  The board members want answers and the Captain is tired of defending your crazy antics to the Comissioner.  You’ve gotta make the call and make it soon.  So what do you do, hot shot?  What do you do!?

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NECROPHYTE- December 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Dan you dumb shit! Strikeforce pretty much sux ass...another Elitexc.
Daoulas- December 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm
Dan doesn't usually pick up hitchhikers, but you got such a pretty mouth...

funniest photo comment i have read on cagepotato ever.
anyway whats with you goons and the god damn short storys you are writing. keep your opinion short i have a short attention span. fuckers
TheArtof8Limbs- December 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm
hendo vs. sassy mousasi...i wanna see that one
Arastmaus- December 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm
"Maybe now you will stop talking about this weird e-penis stuff it turns on the queers like clinch-smash,and 831 son,you need to knock it off."

Bah... fine. I'll upgrade you back to small, and leave it at that.
exes.for.iballs- December 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Of course you gotta put him at 205. You wouldn't want mayhem to destroy your new high payed talent before he gets his title shot.
UFC fan- December 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm
"Arastmaus Says:
Mon, 12/07/2009 - 12:19

Hey UFC fan, I know we don't normally get along, but I hate Fedor and Strikeforce too! We have something in common!


Good for US.
Maybe now you will stop talking about this weird e-penis stuff it turns on the queers like clinch-smash,and 831 son,you need to knock it off.
HeadsWillRoll- December 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Strikeforce needs him in LHW, but he shouldn't be given the title shot upon entry. Of course, good luck finding anyone to give him much of a test before he faces off with Sweet Sassy.

Yeah, anyone who thinks that this is the beginning of the end for the UFC is high off his ass (I'm not judgin'. I'm just sayin'.) Strikeforce is still far from a threat to the UFC, yet. Sure, they've got some great fighters, but the organization is still just a barely viable fetus in this MMA game. I'm too lazy to look and see who said it already, but let us not forget Affliction... Sure Strikeforce isn't Affliction, but still.

Neeeeeveeeeerrrr foooorgeeeeeeeet....
TeamZipper- December 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Not everyone has to agree and i know Dan Henderson is no Chuck Liddell but and I say but maybe this is a sign of things to come... A true second company there really is a lot of talented fighters out there and this just my be there chance to shine...
TeamZipper- December 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm
I don't know what to really say... I am a huge Dan Henderson fan and was not happier when he signed with the UFC. I guess now I will watch Strikeforce and give it a chance. Sorry Dana...
Arastmaus- December 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Hey UFC fan, I know we don't normally get along, but I hate Fedor and Strikeforce too! We have something in common!

RaginAsian- December 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm
You do whatever Dan Henderson tells you he wants to do.

In all seriousness, Mousasi needs a challenge and so does Hendo. Coker has nothing to gain from Dan cleaning out his second-class 185 division. And neither do we.
sxjohnson- December 7, 2009 at 11:53 am
Oh my god, article aside that caption just made me spit my coffee out.
831 Son- December 7, 2009 at 11:52 am
Nut Puncher 9000- EXACTLY!

All the people happy about this, no real reason to be other than the fact that Hendo has a job. The only person that would challenge Hendo is Mousasi. Strikeforce has along way to go to get high level fighters to match the 1 good fighter in each division.
Get Off Me- December 7, 2009 at 11:49 am
The football theory may apply, but Couture and Tito do not support the theory in my humble opinion. I will watch Hendo before Couture(greco sleepo)or Tito(tito's gonna get it again from liddell! then what's he gonna be worth?) How about you?

I like Henderson, he's had a stellar career, never really took off in the UFC but the UFC should not be the bar just yet....I mean knocking out the axe murderer in his prime in any organization is something. He's a good fighter with at least 2 good years left in him from what I saw from his last fight. Hendo's style is not as wearing on the body, his experience has helped him age gracefully in MMA.

I think at the end of the day, the UFC does not want to open up their pocket books to fighters. It's like ruling with an iron fist, look what they do to sponsors now?! They make arbitrary decisions, by not giving Hendo what he wants, it will make the next fighter think about what they will ask for from the UFC.
hjdevnull- December 7, 2009 at 11:26 am
You know, there's a theory in professional football that it's better to get rid of a guy a year early -- he goes to another team, plays a good year, then hits his wall and drops off -- than to hold on to him for too long and have to play him a bunch of dead money for years he doesn't perform. I think this might be that theory coming to play in MMA.

Henderson is a middling name -- he's not huge, but he's known. He's not a top-tier fighter any longer, but he's still quite good. But it's not like he's suddenly going to learn some new tricks, start submitting guys off his back or anything. He's crossed the barrier of 40 years old, and it's certainly more likely that he'll fall off than stay at the same level.

We'll see, but I think that the UFC made a pretty decent business decision here. It's not like the last few big names they let go have been world-beaters. (Arlovski, Sylvia.)
Get Off Me- December 7, 2009 at 11:23 am
Dana White needs to start paying the fighters more. Tito, Couture and now they lost Henderson....this may become a problem as said in another thread. I have heard Dana talk about making the UFC global, but unless he is willing to co-promote it will never happen.....Dana should instead realize that he is not a monopoly and an organization like Strikeforce has been around now for some time. Mousasi, N.Diaz, Fedor, Hendo and the Yvel's, King Mo's, Jacre's coming through! Strikeforce will not be so much of a farce moving forward.
I always wonder what Dana White pulls in after a PPV event on average??? Operating costs must be high, but his payrolls are often under a million bucks?
Anyone think they could estimate?
Nut Puncher 9000- December 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

I said "LIVE"

...welcome back.
ghostboner- December 7, 2009 at 11:15 am
Oh glory! Now I can finally witness Jake "excessive chinned, trophy chasing, mayhem leg humping, boring ass staph distributing smug bastard" Shields ride the Hendo train to nap town where he can lay down with Mike Bisping for a relaxing sleep. Hopefully UFC, with the loss of a little more talent, will start making some of their overabundant events air on spike or cable instead of trying to milk us for 55 bucks for a card full of stinkers. What we will probably end up with is Strikeforce getting a big head and making all their events ppv now. I agree though, Hendo should rack up a few ko's before he pummels Shields. Then he can start on the LHWs.
omunto- December 7, 2009 at 11:14 am
"You've gotta make the call and make it soon. So what do you do, hot shot? What do you do!?"

Harry Temple: All right, pop quiz. Airport, gunman with one hostage. He's using her for cover; he's almost to a plane. You're a hundred feet away... Jack?
Jack: Shoot the hostage
UFC fan- December 7, 2009 at 11:13 am
I hate to see hendo leave but it won't break anyone's heart or their company to see him go. He thinks he is worth more than he really is, that is his fault and the fact he listens to dumbass fans who think he is underpaid as well.
No way strikefARCE can afford to pay what he really wants because they are tied up with fedor the unbelievable overpaid jerkoff.
Dan will take less and become a nothing in a nothing organization.
Thanks for knocking Bisping out Dan, you will always be remembered for that but you are a done dada...see ya.
Lunk- December 7, 2009 at 11:11 am
@Nut Puncher
You are absolutely, completely, totally fucking wrong man!

a PPV cost $50.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- December 7, 2009 at 11:05 am
@ Swedish

"Doesn't the UFC have the right to match any SF offer?"

Good point. I believe the average UFC contract does indeed have that clause. Long story short: Hendo's probably pullin' down some good scratch from SF.

"Hendo will be coming crawling back on all four to Dana begging to fight in the UFC"

I dunno. I get the felling that this will probably be Hendo's last stop. The UFC won't give him a nother crack at Silva (though he deserves it), so what is he waiting around for? He'll just be champ somewhere else!

@ Nut Puncher 9000

"The UFC wont be derailed by losing Hendo. THE BEST HW IN THE WORLD HAS NEVER FOUGHT IN THE UFC. And when you people make comments like "This is a sign" or some other dumb shit about why the UFC is doomed you just make yourself sound stupid."

No way is the UFC doomed. And yes, this will certainly not derail them.

But little things like this build up and the UFC giant loses a little more prestige.

And NP 9000, you are right. Let's wait for Strikeforce to get up to PPV speed. But if things keep going the way they are, we may get there sooner than later.
provrorsbarn- December 7, 2009 at 11:03 am
I think hendo did the right thing....the dude aint young anymore....and he followed the money...sf had the better offer...and thats it....he will probably retire after the contract with a little more money which he deserves....

...and I think its sad that we didnt see anderson vs hendo again...cuz he has been the closest to beat the dude....
Iron Fist- December 7, 2009 at 11:01 am
I think I've heard Hendo say that he prefers 205 so you'd think Strikeforce will try to keep him happy. Light Heavy is where they need more fighters and an eventual match with Mousasi is good business. If I were Coker I'd give Hendo one warm up fight and then throw him at Gegard.

Who do you match him up with first? He probably won't fight Sokoudjou so that's out, King Mo isn't ready, Babalu is washed up, Randleman isn't deserving, nor is Mike Whitehead. I would pit Hendo against Rafeal Cavalcante. Feijao doesn't have a ton of experience but he's coming up hungry and has good skills. Cavalcante would want that fight because of what he'd have to gain, and if he loses it doesn't hurt his career too bad because if you lose to a legend like Hendo you can scratch it up to lack of experience.

Otherwise, Coker will have to find another worthy free agent to add to the LHW roster for Dan's warm up fight. I honestly can't think of any who might be available. Is Gilbert Yvel signed to anyone now?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- December 7, 2009 at 10:57 am
I think Hendo would best serve to beef up the Light Heavyweight division. But to have him available to fight Shields, Le or Miller? Well, it's good to have options like that in your back pocket!

All this talk I'm seeing about Strikeforce giving the UFC a 'run for it's money' was the same talk we heard when everyone tried to jump ship and head on over to Affliction.

That didn't work out too well, did it.

I really like Strikeforce and I think Coker is going in the right direction. Mainly, doing the exact opposite of the UFC and embracing cross-promotion. You expand your stable of fighters without taking all of the financial burden.

But its still a little early to start comparing SF and the UFC.

All that being said, I can understand why the UFC let Hendo go (his age and amount of cash he was asking), but letting him go is a bit of a black eye to the organization. The guys one of the best in the world, was one of the featured coaches on TUF, KO'd the other coach in SPECTACULAR fashion

...but Dana couldn't even sign him to a 3 fight deal?

IMO, the UFC cut off it's nose despite it's face.