Dan Henderson would have fought more often if it wasn’t for CBS

Former two-time PRIDE champion, Dan Henderson speaks ahead of his Strikeforce return against Renato “Babalu” Sobral in St. Louis, Missouri on December 4th, 2010, adding he would have been back before now if it wasn’t for a certain television network.

Henderson, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:

“It wasn’t [up to] me. I was wanting to get back in there pretty quickly, but I think part of the problem was CBS kind of a little bit faltering on their commitment to mixed martial arts, especially after the little escapade in the cage after my last fight on CBS. You know, I don’t quite understand that and they’re definitely still wanting to be involved in mixed martial arts and with Strikeforce, but I think they’re just gonna take their time on it a little bit more.”

“It is disappointing [to not fight on CBS again], and the fact that that could have been easily avoided with the guys not coming into the cage after my last fight. It just gave them an out. But I also think that if CBS had a big problem with it, they didn’t need to put it on their Web site, didn’t need to replay it a bunch of times. I don’t know if they’re trying to renegotiate or get a little bit more out of the door, but I think they’re definitely still going to be on board. But that’s kind of what they were waiting on. [Strikeforce] wanted me to be on the next CBS card and CBS took a while and finally [Strikeforce] just got tired of waiting. I thought I was going to fight two, three months ago, but that’s the way it goes.”

“They definitely like to make sure they try to take care of the fighters. They’re very similar to a lot of other organizations. It’s a nice outlet for these fighters to come fight; they put on a great show and they’re pretty organized, as far as at the event. I’ve got no regrets, put it that way, about moving there. It’s a lot less of a headache, a lot less red tape to deal with, as far as restrictions on what I can and can’t do, as far as sponsorships go.”

“It was a different sport back then; I was a different fighter. I was just a wrestler back then. I didn’t really know a whole lot and he was just a jiu-jitsu guy. It was in the finals of a 32-man tournament. We had four fights to get to that point, and I think I had three decisions and one kind of TKO thing, and I think he submitted all four guys. So he was mostly a jiu-jitsu guy who didn’t stand a whole lot back then and tried to take guys down. I avoided the takedown and won the fight, basically. I don’t even want to look back on that one. I will look at a lot of his current fights and see what I can come up with as far as a game plan.”

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