“Hendo” Dan Henderson,
The decision was based on a number of things. It wasnâ€™t just a financial thing. It was the fact that I felt I wasnâ€™t getting the fight that I wanted in the UFC. That was a big part of that — that I wasnâ€™t and that it got yanked away from me. I think I stepped up for the UFC a number of times and had earned that right again for a title fight. The fight got pulled from me and was offered to Vitor (Belfort). I met with them after Vitor fought Rich Franklin. I told them that it does irritate me. I said, â€˜Why does Vitor get to jump the line when thereâ€™s me and (Nate) Marquardt here who can both fight for a title shot and Vitorâ€™s never fought for the UFC at 185? He jumps the line, especially since I beat him.â€™ They acted surprised that Iâ€™d even fought him. [Sherdog]
Things like that arenâ€™t necessary and for them to do that in the middle of negotiations doesnâ€™t make me feel respected. Itâ€™s more of a strong-arm tactic and a lot of people turn the other way when that happens. To me, it was just funny
we could no longer sponsor (other fighters), that we were banned from the UFC … why would they ban a clothing line? We already had a deal; we were paying for the right to sponsor guys just like every other sponsor was. For them to come back and say just because Dan hasnâ€™t re-signed a deal yet, weâ€™re banned.
After losing to Anderson Silva for the UFC title, Hendo was able to rack up three strait wins in the UFC.