Plenty of fans are still getting their heads around the way in which Henderson was dispatched by Belfort. It was the first time the grizzled veteran had been stopped with strikes and came less than 90 seconds into their headlining showdown. With a trio of consecutive losses in his rear-view mirror and no contract in hand, things aren’t looking good for “Hendo”. While UFC President Dana White has said he’s willing to negotiate with Henderson, in reality there’s a good chance he’ll also lowball the former PRIDE/Strikeforce champion based on the fighter's recent performances and the less-than-loving history between the two. If Henderson takes less money to potentially achieve more glory, there are plenty of fights for him given his name value and ability to make 185 pounds if necessary. If he’s willing to give up his dream of a UFC title for more cash, the 43-year old will get scooped up by Bellator in no time with possible pairings against Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson (in a rematch of their 2007 classic), or even Mo Lawal.
There’s never a good time to lose a fight. However, some defeats aren’t as devastating as others or have potential to affect an individual’s employment, so in that regard certain stumbles stand out. Such is the case with every event including Saturday night’s lineup for UFC Fight Night 32. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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