Manager: 'Henderson Not Signed Anywhere'

By Loretta Hunt Nov 6, 2009
Dan Henderson remains an unsigned commodity, the fighter’s business partner and manager, Aaron Crecy, told Sherdog.com late Thursday, responding to a new report that states the top-five middleweight has signed with Strikeforce.

“Dan hasn’t signed anywhere,” said Crecy.

Crecy has stepped forward twice in the last three weeks to counter claims that his client had signed with the UFC’s biggest U.S. competitor. In mid-October, the middleweight and his managerial team also squashed reports that Henderson was close to signing a deal with Strikeforce.

Henderson and the UFC have been stuck on the monetary terms of a new five-fight agreement since late July. In that time, UFC President Dana White has described the renegotiations as anywhere from “stalemated” to “done.”

However, Sherdog.com has direct knowledge from multiple parties involved that talks between both sides have continued the entire time and even into this week.

On Wednesday, White again commented publicly about Henderson.

“I guarantee you 1,000 percent that Dan Henderson is signed by Strikeforce,” White told Yahoo Sports.

Crecy said the statement is 100 percent false.

“Anyone that would report that is misinformed,” he said.

When asked if Henderson was still in negotiations with both the UFC and Strikeforce, Crecy said, “He’s open to all possibilities. Nothing is imminent.”

Henderson, 39, earned $350,000 for his second-round knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100 in July, which included a $100,000 knockout bonus awarded by the promotion. Crecy would not comment on his client’s new asking price, but has previously denied White’s claim that Henderson’s counter-offer would make him the UFC’s highest paid athlete.

Crecy reiterated that Henderson will attend Strikeforce’s Saturday event outside Chicago, and said that the fighter wasn’t any closer to making a decision regarding where he’ll fight in 2010.
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