In a new article on Steve Sievert’s Brawl Sports Blog on the Houston Chronicle website, former PRIDE middleweight champion and current PRIDE welterweight champion Dan Henderson confirms that the UFC was interested in signing a match between him and Tito Ortiz for UFC 78 on Nov. 17.
While Henderson hasn’t ruled out the possibility of fighting Ortiz in the future, the prospect of a match with the former UFC light heavyweight champion is not one he finds all that intriguing:
“It’s not the fight that I’d ask for. Beating Tito won’t get me a rematch (with light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson). I don’t think he’s top five (in the 205-lb. division). I’d have to beat at least a top three guy to get the rematch.”
The article also goes on to reveal that Henderson has one fight remaining on his current contract with the UFC. According to Henderson, he’s been offered an extension but turned down the UFC’s initial offer. He’s still hopeful that an new contract can be worked out.