If Dan Henderson (pictured) has any “H-Bombs” left in his magic hat, he’d better launch them Saturday against Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 68.
Henderson has dropped five of his past six scraps, including two straight. His last three defeats have all come before the final horns have blared.
While we’re talking numbers, Henderson made $100,000 two fights ago in a submission loss to now-light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 173. That was the last time Henderson’s salary was disclosed.
It is assumed he will be making at least that same payday on Saturday. Since returning to the UFC in November 2011, Henderson has only beaten Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (twice). On the first occasion, Henderson earned a flat $250,000 salary with no win bonus.
His salary wasn’t disclosed after beating Rua in Brazil.
Henderson was surprisingly gifted a six-fight UFC contract extension after capping off a three-fight skid by getting knocked out by Vitor Belfort in 2013. It is believed his newer deal is also structured as straight salary sans win bonuses.
The UFC has never given any indication that they are willing to keep shelling out $100,000 to a losing fighter in the twilight of their career just to headline a freebie fight card on Fox Sports 1. What would be next, $100K to take top billing on a UFC Fight Pass event?
If Henderson loses to Boetsch, it simply doesn’t make sense for the UFC to keep him around – specifically from a financial standpoint. If it don’t make dollars, then it don’t make sense.
If Boetsch isn’t a must-win for the aging 44-year-old wrestler turned one-dimensional slugger, then Henderson is the luckiest nine-life cat this side of Josh Koscheck.