Veteran middleweight contender Dan Henderson, a free agent since his July knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100, has signed a multi-fight contract with UFC-rival Strikeforce, the promotion announced on Monday, confirming an earlier report from Fanhouse.
A date and opponent have not yet been revealed for Henderson’s Strikeforce debut, though he could fight at Strikeforce’s January 30 event in Florida that also features Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Herschel Walker, and Nick Diaz.
Henderson (25-7), a 1992 Olympic wrestler and former PRIDE middleweight and light heavyweight champion, returned to the UFC in 2007, dropping back-to-back bouts to light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva. Henderson would win his next three-straight over Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin, and Bisping and was expected to rematch Silva or fight fellow contender Nate Marquardt in his return to the Octagon, but instead declined the UFC’s contract offers to fight for Strikeforce.
In early-November, White said Henderson was “1,000 percent” signed by Strikeforce, and though the contract took another month to finalize, Henderson has ultimately spurned the UFC to join its biggest rival.