You can officially add Dan Henderson to the shortlist of Americans who are relieved to be unemployed. However, don’t expect for the 40-year-old to be collecting checks from Uncle Sam for too long.
After posterizing Fedor Emelianenko this past Saturday in dramatic fashion, Hendo has now become MMA’s most coveted free agent.
“I’m the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, I’ve beaten Fedor, and I’m unemployed, so we’ll have to see what the talks are now after I’ve had a few weeks off,” Henderson told The Telegraph.
“It’s not a bad position to be in, though.”
After dropping a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut, which happened to be a middleweight title scrap, Henderson left the 185-pound division and discovered great success. He went on to knockout his next three opponents en route to capturing the light heavyweight crown.
While he claims he’d prefer to stay with the UFC’s little brother, a return to the big leagues has also crossed his mind – particularly if a 205-pound title unification bout against the winner of UFC champ Jon Jones vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was offered up.
“I think that could be interesting going forward, a unification fight with the winner of that contest would be a good match,” Henderson added.
UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva defends his strap against Yushin Okami at the end of this month. However, if Silva notches his ninth consecutive title defense, a rematch against “The Spider” at this stage of his illustrious career does not interest Henderson.
“I’m not really looking to go back to middleweight [against Anderson Silva],” he said in closing. “I’m happy at light heavyweight. It’s where I feel most comfortable.”