Dan Henderson Believes Strikeforce Brawl Jeopardizing Future Shows with CBS

Written by Tom Ngo
October 4th, 2010

Strikeforce UFC Light Heavyweight Dan Henderson

Things haven’t quite played out how Dan Henderson envisioned since bouncing from the UFC to dip his toes in Strikeforce’s pool. Not only was he upset by Jake Shields in his debut for the organization last April, but his followup fight has been delayed due to the impromptu brawl that erupted following his title loss – a rumble that Hendo had nothing to do with.

“It wasn’t [up to] me,” Henderson told The MMA Hour of his extended layoff. “I was wanting to get back in there pretty quickly, but I think part of the problem was CBS kind of a little bit faltering on their commitment to mixed martial arts, especially after the little escapade in the cage after my last fight on CBS.

“You know, I don’t quite understand that and they’re definitely still wanting to be involved in mixed martial arts and with Strikeforce, but I think they’re just gonna take their time on it a little bit more.”

It wouldn’t be the first time things haven’t panned out for the icon and Strikeforce, as Henderson was expected to trounce Shields for his strap and send him off to the Octagon on a sour note. Instead, Shields survived an early barrage to wrestle his way to a convincing unanimous decision victory. While the 185-pound championship bout was billed as the card’s featured attraction, Jason Miller stole the spotlight when he invaded the cage after the fight to challenge Shields for a rematch.

While CBS has decided to drag their feet on another show, leading some insiders to believe they are done dealing with the San Jose, California based promotion, the veteran thinks this could be a ploy by the network to redo their original agreement.

“I don’t know if they’re trying to renegotiate or get a little bit more out of the door, but I think they’re definitely still going to be on board. But that’s kind of what they were waiting on. [Strikeforce] wanted me to be on the next CBS card and CBS took a while and finally [Strikeforce] just got tired of waiting. I thought I was going to fight two, three months ago, but that’s the way it goes,” Henderson shared.

“It is disappointing [to not fight on CBS again], and the fact that that could have been easily avoided with the guys not coming into the cage after my last fight. It just gave them an out. But I also think that if CBS had a big problem with it, they didn’t need to put it on their Web site, didn’t need to replay it a bunch of times.”

Although he was hoping for a return to primetime television, Henderson will have to settle for facing Renato “Babalu” Sobral on December 4th on Showtime instead.

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