The former UFC fighter Dan ‘Hollywood’ Henderson has officially signed with the Strikeforce promotion. Henderson leaves the UFC with three consecutive wins over Rousimar Palhares, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin and then an impressive knockout over Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping. According to UFC President Dana White, Henderson was asking way too much on his next contract. Meanwhile, Strikeforce didn’t hesitate to ink a fight contract with the former PrideFC welterweight and middleweight champion.
According to a Strikeforce press release, Henderson signed a four-fight, 16-month deal with Strikeforce on December 5, 2009. He could debut for Strikeforce as early as April on a tentatively planned CBS event, and might face the promotion’s middleweight champion, Jake Shields, as part of a main event. Henderson, who also fights at light heavyweight, is being eyed for a matchup against Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi.
From Dan Henderson:
“I’m very happy to be a part of Strikeforce and their partnership with CBS and Showtime. Strikeforce and its growing roster of world class talent will offer me many exciting fights and has the ability to bring many new fans from all around the world to mixed martial arts. I am grateful to Scott Coker for the opportunity to help make this happen and for treating me with the utmost respect throughout our negotiations. I’d also like to thank Dana (White) and the UFC for the opportunities they provided me and I wish them ongoing success. I’ll continue to watch their events and I hope they’ll tune in to my fights in Strikeforce. After all, I’m a true fan of our fantastic sport and would love only to see MMA continue to grow.”