Posted by SmileR
I don't think Zuffa were lowballin' him just not willing to pay the same money Strikeforce was at the time. Hendo regardless of how good he is has never been able to command the same number of PPV buys as guys like Chuck, Tito, Brock, Rampage, GSP and Anderson.
Regardless of Dans recent big wins over Babalu, Cavalcante and Fedor he still got dominated by Shields. A guy who just lost to GSP at WW and that'll hurt his chances if he negotiates with the UFC.
I think he'll stick with Strikeforce and defend the belt a few times before age finally does catch up with him and he retires. Once he does though I think he'll be in the UFC hall of fame.
SmileR, you and Warglory both make good points. Perhaps lowballing wasn't the best description.... I definitely feel like $800,000 is a ridiculous amount of money to make, for anyone in the sport. Maybe for a fight of this caliber and hype, that's ok. But I mean, Tito got paid $450,000
to fight Ryan Bader
. Bader is not a draw, and I do not think Tito is anymore, either. I think the buys of the last PPV he was on proved that. Maybe now he will draw because people might be inclined to think he has a shot at winning fights.
In my opinion, Henderson deserves to make top money in the sport. He deserves just as much as a Tito or Anderson Silva or Lyoto Machida. Pay the dude at least six figures a fight. Sure, he may not bring in the PPV buys in huge numbers, but who REALLY does these days besides Brock?
And RE: the Jake Shields loss.... I think if Hendo can cut to 185 injury free (which I don't think he was for the Shields fight), he wins that 9 out of 10 times. He damn near finished Jake in the first minute, and I know Hendo and I both regret that not happening...