Dan Henderson emerged as MMA’s hottest free agent after knocking out Fedor Emelianenko this past July. Although the 41-year-old was hoping to dabble in the UFC while still defending his Strikeforce light heavyweight hardware, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) wasn’t having it.
On Tuesday, White confirmed with 5thRound.com that when Hendo signed on to headline UFC 139 opposite Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, he entered into an exclusive agreement with the UFC. Therefore, Henderson’s departure means another Strikeforce crown has been abandoned.
Out of Strikeforce’s five men’s titles, only the lightweight (Gilbert Melendez) and middleweight (Luke Rockhold) belts have owners.
When asked what will happen to Strikeforce’s now-vacant 205-pound strap, White wasn’t able to provide an answer.
UFC 139 takes place November 19th inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. It will mark Henderson’s third tenure with the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
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