Earlier today, the news was announced that Dan Henderson former Pride middleweight and light heavyweight champion had signed with Strikeforce.
Henderson who had competed in the UFC and was considered by many to be among the top title contenders for the organization’s middleweight title. Henderson’s future with the UFC came into question in late October, and as November progressed it became increasingly clear that negotiations with Zuffa had come to an end.
It had been foreshadowed by the UFC President that Henderson’s future would likely be with the San Jose based Strikeforce.
Earlier today, AOL Fanhouse had a chance to speak with White to get his response to the Strikeforce signing.
“He’s happy, but the reality is that I pushed him into signing that deal. I told people over the weekend that he’d sign within the next week. I wanted him to s**t or get off the pot. He was in this limbo forever, and he needed more motivation to make a decision. Do you think that there’s any guy we can’t get that I want? Other than Fedor [Emelianenko]? So far, he’s been the one guy we can’t get. But everyone else that we’ve wanted, we got. If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could’ve signed him. For the money he wanted, he’s not worth it. He’s not a big pay-per-view star, he’s not a big attraction, and he’s not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn’t bring anything to the table. Here’s the reality: If I wanted him, he’d be in the UFC. It’s not like, ‘F***, Strikeforce beat me out.’ He’s been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now.”-Dana White
Rumors are being reported that Henderson should make his Strikeforce debut in the second quarter of 2010 when he is expected to face either Strikeforece middleweight champion Jake Shields or lightweight kingpin Gegard Mousasi.