ByMatt Juul, writer at Creators.co
Digital Arts and Entertainment Writer at Boston Magazine
Matt Juul

It wasn't pretty, but Michael Bisping got the job done against Dan Henderson at UFC 204. The middleweight champion weathered the MMA legend's heavy hands to defend the title in his native U.K., and also made some history along the way.

"The Count" surpassed former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to take second place on the UFC's list of fighters with the most total Octagon time. Bisping has now spent 5 hours 48 minutes and 40 seconds inside the promotion's cage.

Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar currently sits atop the list with 6 hours 2 minutes and 49 seconds worth of time spent inside the Octagon. "The Answer" will likely add to that lead when he takes on Jeremy Stephens—who happens to be No. 8 on the list—at UFC 205 in November.

St-Pierre, now in third place with 5 hours, 28 minutes and 12 seconds, could reclaim his position should he decide to finally return. The dream of a GSP comeback may actually turn into a reality, possibly on the upcoming UFC 206 card in Toronto (Bisping would certainly like that).

The English fighter leap-frogged a few spots up the list this year with a pair of high-profile wins. Bisping kicked off his 2016 campaign with a huge, unanimous decision victory over former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in February, which he followed up in June by knocking out Luke Rockhold to take the 185 lb. title at UFC 199.

The middleweight champion is now on a three-fight win streak after taking the decision victory over Henderson in their high-profile rematch at UFC 204.

Check out the top 10 list of fighters with the most total Octagon time below.

1. Frankie Edgar (6 hours 2 minutes and 49 seconds)

2. Michael Bisping (5 hours 48 minutes and 40 seconds)

3. Georges St-Pierre (5 hours 28 minutes and 12 seconds)

4. B.J. Penn (5 hours 18 minutes and 7 seconds)

5. Diego Sanchez (5 hours 9 minutes and 23 seconds)

6. Tito Ortiz (5 hours and 53 seconds)

7. Gleison Tibau (4 hours and 53 minutes)

8. Jeremy Stephens (4 hours 46 minutes and 53 seconds)

9. Clay Guida (4 hours 45 minutes and 51 seconds)

10. Randy Couture (4 hours 41 minutes and 50 seconds)

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