(‘I know you guys hate it when I say this, but I am getting too old for this shit.’)
Following on the heels of our speculation about the weak-ass lineup for UFC 105 in Manchester, England, word on the street is that the UFC is looking to beef things up with a solid main event. Our bud Ariel Helwani says it could very well be Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt squaring off in the UK for the right to rematch Anderson Silva at a later date. Trouble with that is, Hendo is technically a free agent right now, with "slow" negotiations keeping him from immediately re-upping with the UFC.
The upside is, there’s really no other option, organization-wise, that makes sense for Henderson right now. He’s not about to go screwing around in Strikeforce while Silva waits in the UFC, so odds are he’s just trying to use the threat of departure to pry the UFC’s purse open wider. As I learned in those online business school classes, that’s what is known as ‘gettin’ that paper.’
But hold on, what if Henderson gets it in his head to flee the UFC in time to make a late entry in the Dream "Super Hulk" Tournament? In that case, Fighters Only says the UFC might opt to move the Frank Mir/Cheick Kongo bout from UFC 107 to UFC 105. That’s a big maybe at this point, however, and hopefully it doesn’t come to that. Please God, no one tell Henderson that Minowaman would be his toughest competition. We don’t need to make this decision any more difficult.