Everyone is talking about how Michael Bisping will be shattering all kinds of UFC records if he beats Dan Henderson this weekend, but far fewer pundits are talking about what a Hendo victory this weekend would mean in the history of mixed martial arts, and not just in the UFC.
If Henderson beats Bisping at UFC 204 and wins the middleweight title he will be the first person to hold titles in Pride, Strikeforce, and the UFC.
Henderson was the former welterweight (185 lbs.) and middleweight (205 lbs.) champion for Pride and was the first man to hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion (sorry Conor McGregor).
He obtained the welterweight title after competing in Pride Shockwave 2005 and defeating Murilo Bustamante by split decision.
He would then go on to compete in his final Pride bout when he faced Wanderlei Silva at Pride 33 in Feb. 2007. He scored a knockout victory to become the middleweight champ, while still holding his welterweight title.
Hendo collected his third major title with Strikeforce, where he was the promotions final light heavyweight champion, after defeating Rafael Cavalcante via third round TKO. After two rounds, in which all three judges had the score tied 19–19, Henderson dropped Cavalcante with a right hand and the fight was called off with just 0:50 left to go in the round.
This won't be Henderson's first crack at Bisping, in fact he knocked him out in such a way that it's considered one of the craziest knockouts in UFC history. But that was more than six years ago and the tables may have turned.
Tune in this Saturday as Henderson takes on Bisping at UFC 204.