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Requested million dollar signing bonus brings Dan Henderson’s UFC negotiations to a screeching halt

Dan HendersonAs the world turns, the drama surrounding Dan Henderson and his future in mixed martial arts continues to thicken.

UFC President Dana White recently told MMAJunkie.com, “We’re at a stalemate right now. The money that [Henderson] is asking for would make him by far the highest-paid guy in the UFC.”

Although during UFC contract negotiations it was reported that Henderson had no interest in leaving the promotion, Sports Illustrated recently discovered that Dan is now open to fighting elsewhere.

Henderson is currently in talks with Strikeforce.

Apparently the icing on the cake as far as the recently failed talks with the UFC are concerned was a seven figure signing bonus requested by Henderson according to a recent report on InsideFights.com.

Stay tuned to 5 Oz. as we keep you up to date on this continually unfolding MMA soap opera.

38 COMMENTS
  • moosebaby02 says:

    if thats the money he is asking for then he is just crazy. have fun with your 1 big fight in SF hendo

  • jding3 says:

    The fighters really need a fighters association similar to the players associations in the other major sports like baseball, basketball, or football. I feel fighters should get better salaries since they are the ones putting there health on the line. But at this point its unrealistic for Hendo to score that kind of cash. On the other hand I really hope Strikeforce lands him. I hope Strikeforce can keep growing so they can be a legitimate contender with the UFC.

  • spotMMAwarrior25 says:

    Dont get me wrong I love to watch Dan Henderson fight. He is by far one of my top 5 fighters. But on the business side I think he is asking for way more than hes worth. A million dollar signing bonus is crazy especially since hes not even sporting a belt right now and theres no garantee that he will be fighting for a belt if he doesnt make it past Marquardt which im sure would be his first fight back if he did get signed. How bout Dana make it to where if he does win the belt he gets his million dollar bonus…I mean Hendos 35 years old and been fighting for a long time so his window is closing but this way he still has something to fight towards…not only the belt but a nice retirement check to go with it. Figure something out but I agree if he goes to Strikeforce he’ll go back to fighting lower talent and fighters past their prime.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    If he signs with SF I am sure he would get a title shot right off the bat vs Mousasi or Miller. Hell he could be a two weight division champ again if he is able to get by Mousasi.

  • Vogairian says:

    I like Hendo, I think he’s a great fighter… but if that’s a for real number, he’s seriously overvaluing himself. In no way should Dan even approach being the highest paid fighter in the UFC. He doesn’t have a belt and in all honesty I don’t see him having one before he retires, what in his mind leads him to think he should get that kind of money?

  • edub says:

    Not quite sure if i believe this one. Dan Henderson seems like a pretty sensible(sp?) guy. Asking for a 1 million dollar bonus when your not even a champ seems pretty far fetched to me.

  • manny says:

    I’ll be on Hendo’s side on this issue. I mean the guy has great resume and deserves to get paid just like every other ufc fighter. Maybe if DW stops keeping all the dough and pay up, he may attract more great fighters out there. Yes the majority of the best fights are in the ufc but how many of them sell out ppv and make DW millions of $ while getting paid 500 K for the fight? Doesn’t make sense ufc under pays their fighter especially for the talent they have.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    it dosent to me dub. this guy is the same guy who was floating around that he is a free agent, then he only wants to figth spider for the belt, then last week he had no intentions of signing some where elase and the UFC is the only place for him.
    its up and down with this guy. cant blame him for trying to score as much $$$$ as he can……I dont know what to think man…….now that im thinking it over agin the damn thing seems fishy

  • manny says:

    O yeah, give it a few days and hendo will respond to this comment and here we go again, DW running his mouth just like when fedor turned down ufc’s million $ contract.. Ufc can turn on their fighters quick.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I agree with SpotMMAwarrior25. Give Hendo is million bucks if he wins the belt. Hendo and UFC could have a public sigining with media in attendance. From that point forward, they can hype Hendo’s fights on the basis of his fighting to earn his bonus. Who knows? It might drive up ppv revenue.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    He tried to use negotiation tactics on the UFC but It back fired on him

    now he has to option but to go with SF or take less money with UFC

  • BigDave says:

    I’m frankly sick of hearing this stuff either sign on the line and fight or go the fuck away. I will watch him fight no matter which organization and it used to be cause I like his fights but I’m slowly getting more and more to just wanting to see him get smashed. When I think about it though I think the truth on this whole thing is somewhere in the middle of what both sides are saying.

    But right now who cares ucf 104 is a day away so lets just worry about seeing rua get destroyed along with ben rothwell.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    dave i love ya man but i big ben will take it tomorrow buddy. sorry. i would bet ya but dont know how i will get my money lol

  • BigDave says:

    moosebaby02: dave i love ya man but i big ben will take it tomorrow buddy. sorry. i would bet ya but dont know how i will get my money lol

    It’s all good bro, I’ll just come on and bash on you here for picking against me. LMAO Just Kiddin!

  • moosebaby02 says:

    well it is on no Big guy

  • BigDave says:

    moosebaby02: well it is on no Big guy

    Like Donkey Kong!

  • Niv says:

    Gee what a surprise, things don’t go the UFC’s way and there’s leaked information about outrageous demands and everyone believes Dana again.

    MMA fans have to be the most gullible people on earth.

    I bet Hendo asked for a high number but who really knows why get excited over a leaked rumour again?

  • Vogairian says:

    manny: I’ll be on Hendo’s side on this issue. I mean the guy has great resume and deserves to get paid just like every other ufc fighter. Maybe if DW stops keeping all the dough and pay up, he may attract more great fighters out there. Yes the majority of the best fights are in the ufc but how many of them sell out ppv and make DW millions of $ while getting paid 500 K for the fight? Doesn’t make sense ufc under pays their fighter especially for the talent they have.

    It’s really not that simple. They’re also a large corporation with ya know… employees, bills, and other overhead and such. It’s not like the money goes to the fighters or Dana and nowhere else. Dana White doesn’t show up with a big brown sack to collect the money and then hide it under his bed and no one else gets to see it. Also Let’s not forget something, $500,000 is a lot of money to do anything. Heck even the dudes making 10-15K per fight are doing alright finacially I’m sure.

  • jj says:

    The public data on these contract negotiations and signing bonuses is always skewed one way or another. Seeing as most of the “data” has come from Dana and its all been said to be incorrect, you have to wonder, why is Dana even putting it out there unless he’s trying to get people on his side. Either way, so much of this is rumour and speculation it’s not really worth getting into.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Vogairian i have been trying to tell that to the people on here who thinks that Zuffa and Dana make a mad dash for their homes as soon as one of their cards are done. It coast alot to put one of these shows on but there is no point and trying to explain that to close minded people who dont know the ins and outs of how the old mighty dollar rolls

  • moosebaby02 says:

    like really if dana is hording all that money why does everyfighter (except fedor) trying to get into the money hungry UFC?????? I know i will get the thumbs down but NOT EVERYTHING is let out for the public to see

  • Matthew says:

    I don’t believe this is a per fight figure like some are making it out to be. Its just a “Signing Bonus”. Not like they can’t afford it to keep one of the best fighters of all time on their roster. This reeks of “We can’t give it to him because then they will all ask for it when signing”. You would think they are smart enough to realise who to grant these bonuses to and who not to.

    Dan Henderson is worth his asking bonus.
    Give him his title shot.

  • Matthew: I don’t believe this is a per fight figure like some are making it out to be. Its just a “Signing Bonus”. Not like they can’t afford it to keep one of the best fighters of all time on their roster. This reeks of “We can’t give it to him because then they will all ask for it when signing”. You would think they are smart enough to realise who to grant these bonuses to and who not to. Dan Henderson is worth his asking bonus.Give him his title shot.

    Whether the $1M signing bonus is true or not, Hendo is definitely NOT worth it.

  • JOEgun says:

    Yea it seems a bit fishy to me. But I doubt the UFC is trying to screw Dan over. I think Dan is playing a little hardball to get as much as he can but it seems to be getting a little out of hand. I definitely dont believe the UFC is trying to give one of their best stars a crappy contract, in fact Im sure he’s already getting a generous offer. So if Dan said before that he is not interested in fighting anywhere else and his next fight will be Marquardt then the Spider SIGN THE FREAKIN CONTRACT ALREADY AND GET YOUR BUT IN THE GYM!!

  • Matthew says:

    Sergio Hernandez: Whether the $1M signing bonus is true or not, Hendo is definitely NOT worth it.

    He is worth it and has the credentials to prove it. Just because the UFC (and it would appear, yourself) don’t believe he is a draw cannot dispute the facts in his impressive career. He is a great, not just good, great fighter and would take apart all at MW (Anderson the only exception) and most a LHW in the UFC. If he were marketed by his employer as such he would generate the revenue for the UFC to pay him his signing bonus.

  • JOEgun says:

    Why even consider going to Strikeforce Dan? Because you know you can very likely become their champ in middleweight or light heavyweight (and build a bigger fan base by fighting on CBS). Is it because climbing the UFC ladder has become too hard and your clock is ticking? Perhaps thats what it is and although theres not really anything wrong with that, but I believe he would prefer to retire with the best MMA organization in the world. So quit wasting time Dan! Sign the contract and start thinking about how you are going to get past Nate because Nate is not only younger than you and more well rounded he is very HUNGRY for another shot at the spider. Im picking Nate by unanimous decision once the match is set. Dan will never win the title in the UFC so maybe he should go to SF. Awh heck, I dont even care at this point. UFC 104 TOMORROW NIGHT WOOHOOO!! CANT WAIT!!

  • egad81 says:

    A professional fighters association would be great for guys that fight but would suck for promoters like ZUFFA.
    I think HENDO should fight for the 205 belt in strikeforce and then do some fights in Japan

  • Vogairian says:

    Matthew:
    He is worth it and has the credentials to prove it. Just because the UFC (and it would appear, yourself) don’t believe he is a draw cannot dispute the facts in his impressive career. He is a great, not just good, great fighter and would take apart all at MW (Anderson the only exception) and most a LHW in the UFC. If he were marketed by his employer as such he would generate the revenue for the UFC to pay him his signing bonus.

    I think this right here sums up why he isn’t worth it. He can’t beat Anderson and I don’t see him challenging for the LHW title. Why give a guy who you have a good feeling won’t ever be champ again top end money? Let’s not forget that he’s knocking on the big 40’s door and this is a sport where a guy can just lose it in a matter of fights.

    I Think Hendo’s a great fighter and should get payed well… but a One Mil signing bonus is just silly.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Henderson is 39 not 5. He knows what he can get elsewhere you fools and he is asking what he thinks he is worth (or has BEEN OFFERED) if he is asking for 1 million signing bonus it is because he knows that he can get that kind of deal elsewhere or a deal that benifits him that much at least. Another point of difference may be that he wants to fight Marquadt then Silva and the UFC doesn’t want to do that. Because we all know whether we want to admitt it or not that the UFC gives title shots to those it wants to and not always those who deserve it.
    If he leaves for SF or Dream he may have a more suited contract and will, without a doubt have more freedom (to fight where and when he wants), he may also get the title shot that he deserves. He will also be able to fight such fighters as…Misaki (3 time and it is 1 all), Filho, Mousasi, Jacare, Lawler, Rua, Smith, Miller and perhaps guys like Santiago too, instead of being restricted to just UFC fighters.
    So everyone that is saying “oh he is so stupid” think a little and discover that Hendo is not the silly one…you are.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I realize that what I have just said will get voted heavily in the dislike column. Because (A) people don’t want to hear the truth or even another persons version of what the reasons could be for Hendo’s actions and (B) Nthuggers are common place here. If this was reversed and he was with SF and in negotiations with the UFC I would just about bet my life that he would get overwhelming support by a lot of those that are saying derogatory comments now.

  • edub says:

    MMA-LOGIC: Henderson is 39 not 5. He knows what he can get elsewhere you fools and he is asking what he thinks he is worth (or has BEEN OFFERED) if he is asking for 1 million signing bonus it is because he knows that he can get that kind of deal elsewhere or a deal that benifits him that much at least. Another point of difference may be that he wants to fight Marquadt then Silva and the UFC doesn’t want to do that. Because we all know whether we want to admitt it or not that the UFC gives title shots to those it wants to and not always those who deserve it.If he leaves for SF or Dream he may have a more suited contract and will, without a doubt have more freedom (to fight where and when he wants), he may also get the title shot that he deserves. He will also be able to fight such fighters as…Misaki (3 time and it is 1 all), Filho, Mousasi, Jacare, Lawler, Rua, Smith, Miller and perhaps guys like Santiago too, instead of being restricted to just UFC fighters.So everyone that is saying “oh he is so stupid” think a little and discover that Hendo is not the silly one…you are.

    All true. Except I think he would wanna fight in the LHW division. I wouldnt be surprised if he fought the winner of Sokoudjou vs Mousasi for his first fight with the promotion.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    😆 at anyone that believes anything D’anus says, especially regarding fighter contracts or PPV numbers.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Hendo would not fight Sokojoke. They train together. Hendo is sort of his mentor.

  • MMApride19 says:

    I wouldnt believe to much of what you hear now to be honest guys. I think alot of you are worrying abit to much. Until there are official announcements, i rarely ever believe rumours, or in fact, anything that isnt official lol. Im from the UK, so i would LOVE for Hendo to remain in the UFC, or i will not get to see him fight (well i will, but id have to stream it off the internet.. which i REALLLY dont want to do, id much rather watch in HD lol). Henderson should remain in UFC IMO. He could go strikeforce, but if he beats Mousassi, and wins the belt.. he is going ot have to stay there lol. Which i wouldnt want to see… i wont get to see him fight then!!! And im a big fan of his. There is loads of big fights for him in UFC, not ONLY Marquardt and Silva. With Vitor Belfort in the picture now.. i would love to see that rematch. And even a grudge match between Wanderlei Silva and Hendo. There first two fights were awesome!!!

    Also, all you guys complaining about the fighters wages need to stop…. they get alot more than you think. That initial salary isnt JUST what they get. Thats literally just the initial salary. The bigger names (including Hendo) like Liddell… Lesnar… Silva… GSP… Wanderlei Silva.. Griffin… and loads more, i guarentee they make well over a million per fight event. GUARENTEE it. Big names will get a share of the PPV event aswell. Plus any sponserships they have got… Promotional events before the fights… And other things they do.. it all adds up you know.

    Yeh.. the fighters lower down dont get a fair ammount, i agree with that, but they have to work there way up… if they produce exciting fights… become fan favourites… there salaries will increase significantly.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I hope Hendo gets every nickel he can. Good for him. If he puts fans in the seats and brings ppv buys, he’s worth it. I suspect he and UFC will negotiate an acceptable contract in the near future. Both sides have something to gain and something to lose, which is the starting point for any transaction.

  • H3ro says:

    $1 million signing bonus?? LOL…UFC made who you are. Dan you are not a headline PPV draw.

  • roshambo says:

    I wish there was more transperancy when it comes to fighters salaries. What does a fighter truly make? How many fighters get signing bonuses that we just don’t hear about as contract details are rarely released. How many fighters get a cut of the gate or ppv dollars? How much do fighters typically get from sponsors? How many other backroom deals are there to help get fighters extra money that the average fan has no clue about? Based on the base salaries that get released after the fights in all MMA organizations, it is obvious that many fighters are getting paid in many other ways than their “base salary” or else for what some of those paydays are, many would not be fighting for that amount of money. It is really easy to judge and point a finger and Dan Henderson or the UFC and call either side crazy but the reality is, we really probably don’t know what the norm in the industry is and at this point I really don’t take anyones word at face value anymore. Did Lesnar really make 4 million from his last fight at UFC 100? if so 1 million for Henderson doesn’t seem far fetched. Is he really asking for 1 million? I guess only time will tell. At this point I find it hard to guess or speculate who is in the right and who is full of it.

  • edbuzz says:

    These fighters aren’t morons. They see the money the UFC is making and they, rightfully so, want a bigger piece than the UFC has been giving them.

    CAN ANY REAL FAN JUSTIFY FRANK MIR BEING PAID ONLY $45,000 FOR THE BEAT DOWN HE TOOK FROM BROCK LESNAR?

    ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT THE UFC 100 TOOK IN $87 MILLION IN PPV ALONE FOR UFC 100 AND ANOTHER $5 MILLION AT THE ARENA.

    FRANK MIR WAS PART OF THE MAIN EVENT OF THAT CARD.

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