Dan Henderson talks return to the UFCPosted on September 27, 2011, 06:47 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Dan Henderson’s time away from the UFC was productive. Henderson left the promotion after UFC 100, unable to come to terms on a contract. He then moved to Strikeforce where he went 3-1, losing to Jake Shields in his first bout, but recovering well in his next three fights, capturing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title with a win over Rafael Cavalcante. Henderson then ended his tenure with the promotion by knocking out Fedor Emelianenko.
Henderson will leave Strikeforce with only two champions left in their ranks, Gilbert Melendez who holds the lightweight crown and Middleweight kingpin Luke Rockhold. The other recent champions, Nick Diaz (Welterweight) and Alistair Overeem (Heavyweight) have signed with the UFC.
Henderson will make his return to the UFC on November 19 when he faces Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC 139.
The UFC held a press conference today regarding the event and some of the highlights can be found below:
"I guess it's a little bit ironic that every time I win a title somewhere Dana has to buy the company to get me back." – Dan Henderson
"Dan and I get along just fine. We butt heads here and there, but we get along great. I respect him as a fighter. He's a durable, tough guy who's been out there beating the best in the world. I can't hate him for knocking Fedor out either, so...I'm happy to have him back.” – Dana White - for more please visit MMAFighting.com.