Dana White’s Dirty Ploy That Cost UFC HoF’er $3 Million Exposed in Confession to Joe Rogan as Dan Henderson Discloses CEO’s Controversial Moment

Published 10/30/2023, 6:27 AM EDT

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UFC veteran Dan Henderson fought in Dana White‘s promotion for over a decade. He never became a champion, but fought some of the best fighters ever. However, Henderson recently confessed to Joe Rogan about some of the tactics used by the UFC CEO in an instance where he was paid less than he expected.

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Dan Henderson is a UFC Hall of Famer. He boasts an MMA record of 32 wins and 15 losses and was the winner of the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament. Recently, while talking about the most money he ever made in the UFC, he opened up on Dana White’s fight promotion tactics. Let’s see what he had to say.

Dan Henderson exposes Dana White in front of Joe Rogan

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‘Hendo’ recently made an appearance on Joe Rogan’s million-dollar podcast, ‘Joe Rogan Experience’. There, the 56-year-old asked the MMA legend how he’d have fared today in the UFC. Dan Henderson replied by claiming that he’d have earned more money fighting now than he did before.

“I would have probably made more money,” said Henderson. However, he then reverted to the fight he had with Michael Bisping, claiming that he could have earned more than he did in that fight. This was because he had the inclusion of pay-per-view points in his UFC contract.

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“The most I ever should have made in one fight would have been when I fought [Michael] Bisping cos’ I have pay-per-view in my deal,” said the 32-15 legend. However, the initial plans for the fight against Michael Bisping took a drastic turn.

Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping were appointed as coaches for the 9th season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. The initial plans had them fight each other in the co-main or main event at UFC 100 after the season came to an end. However, Dana White had other plans.

The UFC CEO put two different fights in the co-main and main event, featuring Georges St-Pierre and Brock Lesnar. “The first one when we coached on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, we’re gonna be main or co-main. I think GSP fought that night and then…Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir… they pushed for it in that event,” said Henderson. Not only that, Dana White also ignored a clause in ‘Hendo’s contract.

Henderson could have made around $3 million in the Michael Bisping fight

Dan Henderson told Joe Rogan that, because Brock Lesanr and ‘GSP’ were included in the UFC 100 card, Dana White shifted his fight to the third spot. In addition to that, he did not pay ‘Hendo’ the PPV points which were clearly mentioned in his contract with the UFC. Henderson said, “Dana [White] bumped me down to the third spot and promoted it still as the co-main, but still did not pay me pay-per-view.”

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If Dana White went ahead and paid Dan Henderson the PPV points, the Hall of Famer could have made around $3 million. However, he ended up making only one-tenth of that amount. “It would have been $3 or $3.5 million for that one. Just pay-per-view. [I made] a couple or three hundred grand,” Henderson added.

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This revelation has added to the fact that UFC fighters are paid differently. Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre proved to be some of the most popular fighters ever. Hence, Dana White may have seen more value in pushing them to occupy the co-main and the main event. Moreover, that incident might have caused a rift between the UFC CEO and Dan Henderson since he moved to Strikeforce after his UFC 100 fight. However, the UFC later bought Strikeforce, and ‘Hendo’ competed in a few more fights in White’s promotion.

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