"I'm holding firm for what I think I deserve. I think I've earned that.... If they sign me I'll fight who they want me to fight. Even if I get Silva now, after I beat him Marquardt would be the top contender, so I'd have to fight him next. Beat him now or beat him later, it doesn't matter. I'll have to fight [Nate] Marquardt eventually.... If I was the UFC I wouldn't waste a fight between [me and Marquardt]. If they want challengers for the middleweight belt they shouldn't want one of us to beat the other.... It all depends on Anderson Silva," Henderson said. "If he's not going to fight until April, I don't want to wait that long. But I'll do what I have to do to fight him.... I'm getting in shape like I'm going to fight," Henderson said. "I want to stay in the UFC."
Former number one middleweight contender, Dan Henderson, hopes to re-sign a new contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) soon and rematch reigning division champion, Anderson Silva. Henderson pocketed $100,000 to show and a $150,000 win bonus, as well as a $100,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus, for his most recent -- and emphatic -- victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 100. Company president Dana White indicated that it was enough to earn him another crack at "The Spider;" however, the Brazilian's manager, Ed Soares, made the case that Henderson should take on Nate Marquardt first to determine a clear-cut contender. That idea doesn't sit too well with Henderson, but he will likely do what he has to do ... as long as the price is right.