Vitor Belfot Played A Big Part In Henderson Signing With Strikeforce



“Hendo” Dan Henderson,

The decision was based on a number of things. It wasn’t just a financial thing. It was the fact that I felt I wasn’t getting the fight that I wanted in the UFC. That was a big part of that — that I wasn’t and that it got yanked away from me. I think I stepped up for the UFC a number of times and had earned that right again for a title fight. The fight got pulled from me and was offered to Vitor (Belfort). I met with them after Vitor fought Rich Franklin. I told them that it does irritate me. I said, ‘Why does Vitor get to jump the line when there’s me and (Nate) Marquardt here who can both fight for a title shot and Vitor’s never fought for the UFC at 185? He jumps the line, especially since I beat him.’ They acted surprised that I’d even fought him. [Sherdog]

Henderson beat Vitor Belfort via unanimous decision back at PRIDE 32. He talks about the UFC’s “Strong-arm” tactics in the negotiations, Tito Ortiz and the banning of his clothing line Clinch Gear.

Things like that aren’t necessary and for them to do that in the middle of negotiations doesn’t make me feel respected. It’s more of a strong-arm tactic and a lot of people turn the other way when that happens. To me, it was just funny

we could no longer sponsor (other fighters), that we were banned from the UFC … why would they ban a clothing line? We already had a deal; we were paying for the right to sponsor guys just like every other sponsor was. For them to come back and say just because Dan hasn’t re-signed a deal yet, we’re banned.

After losing to Anderson Silva for the UFC title, Hendo was able to rack up three strait wins in the UFC.