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Dana White Speaks On Henderson Signing With Strikeforce

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From MMAFanhouse:

"He's happy, but the reality is that I pushed him into signing that deal," White told FanHouse. "I told people over the weekend that he'd sign within the next week."  For the money he wanted, he's not worth it," he said. "He's not a big pay-per-view star, he's not a big attraction, and he's not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn't bring anything to the table."

"Nothing's going to help Strikeforce," he said. "They have too many fighters under contract and not enough events. They can't keep some of their obligations to fighters already. Either they're going to start breaching contracts or paying fighters not to fight. It'll take a lot more than one guy to help them. Their whole business model is f****d. They're coming after UFC? Yeah, OK.

"I could care less," he continued. "Here's the reality: If I wanted him, he'd be in the UFC. It's not like, 'F***, Strikeforce beat me out.' He's been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now."

I'm interested in knowing how Strikeforce plans to pay what Henderson was asking for in terms of salary.  Granted, we don't know the exact figures, but Henderson was making 6 figures while fighting for the UFC.  Can Strikeforce afford to pay Henderson what he was asking?  Will Showtime/CBS help pay Henderson's salary?  Stay tuned.