Dan Henderson Reflects on Fighting For Pride, Calls For Knees on The Ground
By FCF Staff
Dan Henderson’s storied career included a memorable run with Pride, and recently the retired star reflected on his time with the Japanese organization.
The decorated wrestler made his way to Pride way back in 2000, and Henderson went on to win both the promotion’s welterweight and middleweight titles in the coming years (183 pound and 203.6 pound championships). Recently Henderson spoke to MMA Fighting, and while discussing his tenure with Pride, here is some of what he had to say:
“Pride would give you a yellow card for being a little bit passive, and that meant they would take 10 percent out of your pay,” Henderson said. “Guys aren’t going to be passive when they felt they were winning and risk losing pay.”
“They started going over-the-top the last couple of years,” he added. “They got a little happy taking 10 percent from people, but for the most part, it created a sense that you wanted to be aggressive because you didn’t want to lose 10 percent of your pay. Also, the rules allowing knees on the ground made the fights a little more active. Instead of guys sitting in situations and just hanging out until something is happening, guys won’t sit there and wait if they can get kneed in the face. I wish they would add that rule here.”
Henderson hung up the gloves this past October, after he dropped a tightly contested, decision to middleweight champ Michael Bisping at UFC 204.