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Dan Henderson’s New UFC Contract is a Six-Fight Deal, Likely His Last

Posted on by Jeff Cain

03-Dan-Henderson-Strikeforce-478x270When Dan Henderson lost to Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32 on Nov. 9, it was the final fight of his UFC contract. The negotiations on a new deal came to close on Tuesday with the announcement that Henderson will rematch Maurico “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 38 on March 23, in Brazil.

Henderson defeated Rua by unanimous decision at UFC 139 in November 2011 in an epic battle. The fight became an instant classic and was a 2011 Fight of the Year candidate.

On Wednesday, Henderson told UFC Tonight that he inked a six-fight deal with the promotion. He said that he’s happy with the deal although he didn’t get everything that he wanted. The 43-year-old also indicated that it would likely be his final contract and plans to retire under the UFC banner.

The former two-division PRIDE champion had a rough 2013, losing three fights in a row, including being knocked out for the first time in his 16-year career. He hopes to get back on the winning track, starting with Rua.

Rua (22-8) rebounded from back-to-back losses in his last outing, defeating James Te Huna by knockout in the opening round at UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7.

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  • DANGEROUS DAN

    dan henderson deserves a ufc tittle shot on what he ment to the sport…pple say he lost his last three he won 2 of those last three or at least fought to a draw..alot of pple say he washed up but i think he beat R.E n michida hows that washed up.

    • The second best eva

      Agreed. I don’t get how you can lower someone’s pay based on 2 controversial loses and one ko loss Vitor. They should just lower his show up to fight money and raise his win bonus to keep the money the same. That way if he loses the ufc doesn’t have to pay him big bucks but if he wins he gets what he’s always got. Win win for everyone

      • julian moran

        In a perfect world, that’s how it would be

    • Mark McDowall

      You can’t have a title shot based on what you’ve done for the sport. Thats ridiculous. Yes he has done alot but right now he isn’t and probably wont again be in title contention. With the exception of Lil Nog, due to the fact that the wind blows and he gets injured so the fight probably wouldn’t happen, He looses/Has lost to everyone ranked above him.

      You can think he beat who ever you like but at the end of the day he lost those fights and thats what his record will forever show. He still has a name…like Shogun, he needs to take fights against other names and let the younger better fighters go after the belt. The UFC isn’t going to put a 43 year old fighter in to title contention period. Randy Cotoure was an exception to the rule, but now they wont take the chance.

      • julian moran

        In my opinion, confirmed older fighters vs rising new talent make better fights, then 2 old guys, especially when it’s a fight we have already seen.
        Henderson should be fighting guys like Manuwa or Te Huna.

    • Cereal Killer

      He lost a lot of fights, get over it! A title shot would be a total joke.

  • troop

    Ok then, Dan has 6 fights left, first being Rua. Who should he fight with the last 5? Looking at his fight history, he’s never fought T.Silva nor Bader. For the last three, I’d opt for his last 3 split decisions (Evans, Machida and Franklin) with Lil Nog as an injury replacement. Obviously, the order of when he fights these is more dependent on the status/ranking of those opponents. Lowest at the moment would be Franklin, which would make a good retirement fight for Rich sometime in July, after the Hendo/Rua fight in March.

    • Cigano

      Franklin fought Hendo at ufc 93 in a boring fight

      • troop

        True, Just thought Dan may want to ‘fix; that on his record and may think it would be a good and easy start if he were to make one last run.

  • Shartnado

    I dont know why long term contracts help the fighters, the UFC can waive them at any time but if a fighters gets a better competing offer they can’t take it