Although Stikeforce CEO Scott Coker claimed Nick Diaz’s boxing provision was the sole reason the welterweight champ was allowed to vacate his belt and jump over to the UFC, we couldn’t help but ask reigning Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson to share his thoughts on a potential move back to the major leagues.
Diaz may have been the “ONLY” title holder with the exemption in his contract, but Hendo doesn’t appear too interested in returning to the UFC even if the opportunity presented itself.
“It hasn’t crossed my mind, really,” Henderson told 5thRound of rejoining the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. “I’m pretty happy where I am at. I think there’s plenty of guys that fight in Strikeforce right now [that I could face].
“I think it would be pretty neat to be involved with, possibly down the road, unifying the title or something like that, but I’m pretty satisfied where I’m at.”
While he might not be swapping organizations for the time being, Hendo will be transition to the heavyweight division at the end of this month in order to face Fedor Emelianenko in blockbuster bout.
Henderson parlayed his award-winning knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100 into a multi-year contract with Strikeforce in late 2009. Although the 40-year-old turned his back on the Octagon for the second time, he and UFC president Dana White have remained more than cordial since the separation.