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Video: Dan Henderson Discusses Strikeforce Signing, Dana White’s Fat Ass

(Props: Sherdog)

No longer a free agent, MMA living legend Dan Henderson is slated to challenge Jake Shields for Strikeforce’s middleweight belt at the organization’s next CBS card in April. Dana White may take full responsibility for Hendo’s exit from the UFC, but according to Henderson in the video interview above, the signing was the best thing for him, really: "The opportunity to fight on CBS is huge…and you just don’t get that elsewhere. To have the opportunities to still be able to fight the top guys in the world, that was one of my main concerns, and they have that here as well. There’s no red tape to go through with sponsorships. Clinch Gear‘s not banned from the organization. I’m just happy all the way around."

Responding to White’s recent claims that he’s permanently "done" with Henderson, Dan was his usual respectful self: "I think the fans know Dana White. Personally, as far as our relationship, he’s still gonna be alright with me, but business-wise maybe he has to put on a certain front for certain things. And either way I’ll say that he’s still fat and he needs to diet down a little bit. I’ve been telling him for a long time. Hes spending a lot of money on expanding those suits."

As for his next opponent, Henderson described Jake Shields as "bigger than me…I think he does cut quite a bit of weight to get to ’85" — which seems like an odd claim based on information he probably made up. And sure, it’s no Henderson vs. Silva II, or even Henderson vs. Marquardt, but whaddya gonna do: "I don’t know how excited the fans are gonna be about that fight," Henderson said. "But I think it’s a good matchup and I’m excited about it."

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Goog- December 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm
@ 831

How is not having the right financial backing 15 years ago any different than not having the right financial backing today?

LOL420- December 27, 2009 at 12:48 am
hendo will destroy be SHOCKED to see opposite of that. anyways...strikeforce is doing pretty well getting these big named fighters...the problem is finding competition for them. im no expert on the roster strikeforce currently has, but im sure its not nearly as stacked as the UFC's divisions.

good luck to hendo though, as though he needs it, lol.
cagefightmon- December 25, 2009 at 11:25 am
831 Son

8 inch cocks
3 of them
1 mouth
Keep sucking, "Son"!
831 Son- December 25, 2009 at 10:37 am
Fedor and Henderson, that is it. The whole org is shitty. And the whole "UFC was on the brink of extinction" is irrelevant. Totally different situation then what MMA is at now.
Goog- December 25, 2009 at 8:06 am
Regardless, this is good for both organizations. The only thing that will make more money than Dan Henderson sticking around to fight Marquardt or Silva is Dan Henderson returning to UFC someday and picking up where he left off. The drama will sell as much as a fight and in either case, everyone wins.

And I'm not saying Strikeforce is the new juggernaut, but I do find it interesting that very few wanna give them a chance... despite them scoring some names like Henderson and Fedor. It's like the nerdiest guy in school banging the head cheerleader, but no one gives him props for it... they just repeat what a nerd he is. They may go tits up, who knows. But the UFC was on the brink of extinction at one point, too, and some deep pockets jumped in. All it would take is someone like a Mark Cuban to get behind it and you have a different story.

I just don't see how free Fedor/Henderson fights are anything to laugh off. I'll take it. It's not like Elite XC pushing Phil Baroni as the co-headliner. Right now, I keep reading "So what? They have what... two big names?" Twelve months from now it could be 10 big names, especially given the way the UFC likes to cut people for losing.
intercept440- December 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm
First off hendo is a good fighter but he is a bit of a dipshit, first off he beat bisping ...woohooooo... bisping is a good up and comer but thats the irrelevant part.

dan talks about fighting the best fighters ... but he moves to strikeforce??? the best fighter in his weight class (the spider) subbed his ass... and jake shields? shields is ok but he isnt shit either, he lost to Mayhem in my book but some how eeeked out a decision win so now he is the champ..

besideds Fedor who the hell does strikeforce have that can even begin to challenge the top guys in MMA

Hendo is good in fact beyond good .. but lets face it it was all about money

if hendo fights shield he will mop the floor with him... shields is like the clay guida of strikeforce with a bit better stand up.....

Fuck hendo

merry x-mas bitches
or quanzza or hannukaa or whatever else you fuckers celebrate
Sunburned- December 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm
Huge D. Henderson fan here, will watch any ppv that he is on. (no homo).
HeHateMe- December 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm
Jesus...CP. Taken out of context much? Get a clue
AussieJosh- December 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Im happy for strikeforce! i think they are slowly taking on more and more good fighters like Fedor and Hendo and big Entertainment names that could turn in to good fighters like bobby lashly. I think Strikeforce should pick up a number of guys the UFC has just droped like Dennis Kang. I really enjoy watching him fight!

Dana is getting FATTER! Rich basterd!
robthom- December 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm
"UFC is always looking to expand...and Dana White is leading the charge"

Well, he's at least backing into the charge apparently.

Beep... Beep... Beep...
Goat- December 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm
Henderson should mutilate Shields.

Shields won't be able to take him down, and if some how his prayers to the MMA demigods come through, and he manages to take Hendo down, he won't keep him down for long.

And WHOOSH! There goes 2/3's of Shields game. Now what is he going to do? I see Shields as a less technical, albeit stronger Bisping in the stand-up department.

If anything should happen, it's going to be Dan knocking Jake's two front teeth straight.
McBastard- December 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Well, I'm glad you clarified that. I didn't realize you had some cold, hard speculation to back up your moronic statement. I apologize for running my mouth... it wasn't really in the holiday spirit. Peace, Necrophyte.
robthom- December 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Bookem Dano!!
If they dont want you to have fun then fuck them haters!
NECROPHYTE- December 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm
@ McBastard. Look, I don't want to fight with a fatherless turd like you. Just sayin' Strikeforce prob won't last 2 years with Showtime puting their dick fingers all over it...comprende Dickhead?
McBastard- December 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Actually, recent studies indicate that guys called 'Necrophyte' suck shit... it's true, just Google it. Strikeforce just put on two pretty entertaining cards, which would seem to be the diametric opposite of sucking shit. Ask anyone who actually watches MMA. Just sayin'...
skeletor- December 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm
pretty good strikeforce gif
NECROPHYTE- December 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Seriously though...Strikeforce pretty much sux shit...another Elite XC just watch.
parchy mcthirst- December 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm
dana white wishes he has shit on henderson

it's like shooter mcgavin and happy gilmore...whenever white bashes henderson, hendo just makes white seem like a DAMN FOOL

"i eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast." -shooter
"you eat pieces of shit for breakfast?" -happy's reply

go to happy land dana, go to happy land
ghostboner- December 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm
I heard that Shields doesn't cut at all to get to 185, but far be it from me to call Mr. Hendo a liar. Anyone have the scoop on that? Additionally, I hope Hendo smashes that bunghole Shields right in his stupid face.
thaigger- December 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm
Hendo sounds retarded but the fight with jake shields should be an awesome fight
itsgalf- December 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm
UFC is always looking to expand...and Dana White is leading the charge
clutchy hopkins- December 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm
hahahahha hendos the man
skeletor- December 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm
LOL @ DW fat ass!
mthomas- December 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm
LOL @ DW fat ass!
Big Jumpin Dad- December 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm
first, you wobbly bastards