Over the weekend, reports ran rampant stating negotiations have all but ended between the UFC and Henderson, with even more reports claiming Strikeforce was on the verge of signing the former Pride champion.
However, although a deal is not formally signed between the two, Henderson went on record and said he doesn’t plan on fighting for another organization.
He recently told HDNet’s “Inside MMA”, “I don’t plan on fighting anywhere else. It never even entered my mind that I’d be anywhere else. It’s just something myself, Dana and the other guys over there at the UFC, we need to sit down and figure it out for my next fight.”
After a devastating knockout victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 100, Henderson was under the impression his next fight would be another title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva. However, after beating him back in 2008, Silva and Co. showed no interest in defending against Henderson anytime soon. And with recent activity pointing to a Silva vs. Belfort match-up for UFC 108, Henderson’s next opponent wont likely be for a title.
During the interview he did hint however at a showdown with another top contender, Nate Marquardt, “It doesn’t look like it’ll be him,” Henderson said of Silva. “But my guess is my next two fights will be Marquardt and Anderson Silva. It doesn’t matter to me which order they’re in.”
Now all that left is a signed contract.