Is there a bigger bonehead in the UFC than Dan Henderson right now? Dan Henderson, who refuses to drop down to middleweight. Dan Henderson, who wants more money despite the fact that all he’s done is be dominated by Quinton Jackson. Dan Henderson, who thinks he beat Jackson in that fight.
Dan Henderson, who isn’t interested in fighting Tito Ortiz because ‘Tito isn’t the road back to a rematch with Rampage’. Dan Henderson, who doesn’t realize beating Tito Ortiz is all he has to do to get ‘on the in’ with the average US fans. Dan Henderson, who doesn’t realize he’s completely and totally expendable at this point and time. Dan Henderson, who’s also ‘managing’ Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, another fighter who can’t seem to land himself a contract in any organizations right now. Hmmm, I wonder why.
Lookit: I’m not disagreeing with Dan Henderson’s point that UFC fighters aren’t getting paid what they should. But Dan Henderson isn’t one of the guys who should be talking right now because Dan is one of those overpaid PRIDE guys who haven’t managed to win a fight in the UFC yet. These guys are the root of a lot of the angst going around with veteran UFC fighters. In fact, I heard some guy named Randy actually quit over this stuff. How about that, huh?
On the other hand, trying to get Dan to sign a contract with the verbal addendum of “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you” is pretty shifty of Dana White, and this is yet another one of the big issues with the UFC’s pay structure. Relying on the goodwill of your boss to give you bonuses is no way to live a life, and while it’s nice that the UFC is known for handing out the cash on a regular basis, I doubt there’d be many fighters who would be against upping the general payscale and removing random secret bonuses from the equation.
Of course, they aren’t about to say that shit in public because … well, it probably sucks when the secret random bonuses stop. Dan Henderson … I’m not giving him a hard time for daring to stand up for himself. I’m giving him a hard time because he has a very inflated idea of his value and worth in the current market.