UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson has signed an exclusive contract with ZUFFA and will indeed fight Mauricio Rua at UFC 139, scheduled for the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2011.
And that leaves Strikeforce without a champion in three of its divisions (heavyweight, light heavyweight and welterweight).
While there are still a handful of competitors in the promotion's 205-pound weight class, including former straphangers Muhammed Lawal and Rafael Cavalcante, it's unlikely we'll see gold around their waists at any point in the near future because White is "unsure" as to what happens next as he "figures out" what to do with Strikeforce.
In football terminology, it's called "running out the clock."
Hear more from the UFC boss on Henderson vs. Shogun, "Spygate" and the National Anthem, courtesy of Tom Ngo at 5th Round, after the jump.
Any Maniacs out there expecting to see another Strikeforce light heavyweight champion? Or will "Hendo" be the last man to ever hold the strap?
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