At yesterday’s “UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” press conference, president Dana White stated that free agent middleweight Dan Henderson was demanding to be “the highest paid guy in the UFC.” Not only did White turn down his ridiculous request, but he then went on to dis Hendo’s ugly mug as well.
“You’ll never hear me say a bad thing about Dan Henderson, other than he’s ugly, and that’s just the truth,” said White yesterday.
Today, Henderson and Co. wanted to clear the air to make sure that all the facts were straight before fans rush to judgment, particularly in regards to his Elephant Man-like facial features.
“I’m not comfortable discussing contract negotiations in a public forum, but I’d have to respectfully disagree with both statements,” Henderson’s representative told Sherdog.com on Thursday. “I am neither seeking to be the highest paid athlete in the UFC, nor am I ugly.”
Earlier this week, White told Yahoo! Sports that their attempts to re-sign Henderson had reached a “stalemate,” and that both sides were taking time to figure out their next moves.
If Henderson wants to continue to fight in the United States, Strikeforce would be his only option. So, it wasn’t a coincidence that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was seen having dinner with Henderson’s representative in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
Wow, TMZ knows who Scott Coker is and they tailed him to confirm his dinner date? Actually, lead dectective Dana White was able to locate them himself and witnessed the courtship with his own eyes.
“You know what’s [expletive] hilarious?” White openly asked yesterday. “I went to dinner last night, and [Henderson’s] lawyer and Scott Coker are sitting at dinner together last night. I said, ‘What are the [expletive] odds that out of every restaurant in L.A., the one that I go to, these guys are here?'”
Aaron Crecy, Henderson’s business partner/manager told Sherdog.com that they are only doing what White suggested they do.
“The only reason we spoke with Strikeforce, if I’m not mistaken, was because Dana suggested we do so, at a time when he said the UFC wasn’t prepared to pay Dan what he’s asking, and that’s fine,” said Crecy.
In addition, Crecy wanted to reiterate they were not looking to eye-gouge the UFC for a phat payday on the heels of Henderson’s devastating UFC 100 knockout of Michael Bisping. In fact, all Team Hendo wants is to get paid fair market value for a fighter of his caliber.
“Contracts are confidential, so that statement’s impossible to prove or disprove,” said Crecy. “However, we have done our due diligence. We certainly don’t believe that to be the case. Dan understands and we have a certain belief on where he stands in the hierarchy. Certainly there are champions and former UFC champions that deserve to be paid more than Dan.”
From the outside looking in, it appears that these talks have gone on long enough. We’ve seen this scenario before and we all know how it plays out. Hendo will either re-up shortly for much less than what he’s asking, or he will be the latest addition to Dana’s ever-growing list of casualties.