Dan Henderson doesn't want to leave Strikeforce but 'there is a chance' he may never defend his light heavyweight title

via www.mmaflex.com

After July 30, Dan Henderson's Strikeforce light heavyweight title could be nothing more than a piece of gold "Hendo" never got much use of. 

Perish the thought.

That's because "Dangerous" Dan's contract is up after his bout against Fedor Emelianenko next Saturday night and now that the UFC has purchased Strikeforce, the negotiating table suddenly isn't so friendly.

That's not to say "Hollywood" wants to leave San Jose; quite the opposite, in fact. He's happier than a tornado in a trailer park. Of course, that could be due to the reported $800,000 he's making for his throwdown against "The Last Emperor" in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Who would want to leave that kind of cheddar?

There are questions, though, as to whether or not the promotion is getting a good return on its investment and if it's not, whether or not Henderson is worth keeping around. After all, he's 35 fights deep into his career and turns 41-years-old on Aug. 24.

For his part, the 205-pound champion has no intentions of leaving and hopes to work something out.

"You know, I only have one fight left so I don't know what's going to happen as far as negotiating," Henderson told MMAFighting.com. "There's really nowhere else I will go but it's always a little scary thing when there is a purchase of people that are writing your checks. ... There is a chance (that I may never defend my light heavyweight title) but like I said, I have no desire to go anywhere else and I'm sure we'll work out a deal."

Henderson sounds confident he'll come to terms with Strikeforce but he's got good reason to be skeptical of the process now that Zuffa overlords are running the show.

It was back in 2009 that he found nothing but resistance when attempting to renegotiate his contract with UFC. This after his delivering one of the most famous knockouts in Octagon history when he decapitated Michael Bisping at the landmark UFC 100 event.

If he couldn't come to terms then, what's to say he can now?

That, perhaps more than anything, may be dependent upon Henderson's willingness to play ball with those who stonewalled him just a couple years ago. Will the two sides meet in the middle and make a deal that works well for all involved.

Stay tuned.

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