Dan Henderson

“I’m holding firm for what I think I deserve. I think I’ve earned that…If they sign me I’ll fight who they want me to fight. Even if I get Silva now, after I beat him Marquardt would be the top contender, so I’d have to fight him next. Beat him now or beat him later, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have to fight Marquardt eventually…If I was the UFC I wouldn’t waste a fight between us. If they want challengers for the middleweight belt they shouldn’t want one of us to beat the other…It all depends on Anderson Silva. If he’s not going to fight until April, I don’t want to wait that long. But I’ll do what I have to do to fight him.”

—Dan Henderson telling MMA Fanhouse where he currently stands with the UFC

MDS says that Hendo wants more than the $350,000 he earned at UFC 100. That seems a little steep for someone who hasn’t proved to be a top draw, but coming off the huge knockout win over Michael Bisping, he has more leverage now than he’s ever had since holding two PRIDE world titles, plus the organization is having its biggest year yet in terms of revenue, so at least in theory fighter pay should increase as well. It’s hard to blame him for trying to get everything he can out of his new deal.