Who says you can't go home again?
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson, who turns 41 later this month, has no place to hang his belt after smashing Fedor Emelianenko at last Saturday night's (July 30) Showtime event in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
After four fights and a 3-1 record under the now Zuffa-controlled promotion, "Hendo" has already hinted at a return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), setting his sights on a potential title unification bout against the winner of Jon Jones vs. "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135 on Sept. 24.
But is UFC President Dana White ready to welcome him back to the Octagon with open arms?
"I thought it was an interesting match-up," White told media members at today's UFC 133 press conference. "Hendo is tough. He's got power in both hands. He's got great wrestling. [The Fedor fight] kind of went the way I figured it would go. We'll see what happens. Hendo and I have had some history in dealing. We'll see if we can figure something out and get him back in the UFC. It's not that I've never been interested in Henderson. Listen, either you can come to deal with guys or you can't. What we've said about Strikeforce, this thing's got to run like a business. If we can run this thing and this thing isn't losing a ton of money, then Strikeforce will stay alive and be rebuilt.
After back-to-back title losses to Quinton Jackson and Anderson Silva in his 2007 return to the UFC, Henderson reeled off three consecutive wins, including a thunderous knockout over Michael Bisping to secure what many believed to be another 185-pound title shot.
It never came.
That's because his contract had expired shortly after "The Count" did and the two sides had very different ideas as to what "Hendo's" value was.
Henderson bolted for San Jose and may, at long last, come full circle.
If they can make the numbers work.
How about it Maniacs, is "Dangerous" Dan's value at an all-time high? Or was he simply a big fish in a little pond? And who do you pair him up with if he finds his way back?