Dan Henderson is a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts. His 47 fight career has seen him win a UFC tournament, hold titles in two PRIDE weight classes, become the last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, and tonight, he gave the UFC Middleweight Champion a run for his money.
Over the course of five rounds, Henderson and Michael Bisping battled it out, with each nearly claiming victory multiple times. At the end of the 25-minute fight, a visibly bloodied Bisping claimed the decision victory, but Henderson had won over the crowd.
In front of a crowd of cheering fans, who had been audibly booing him in favor of their hometown hero just moments before, Henderson officially announced that this was his final MMA bout.
"This is the last time that anyone will see me fight live," Henderson said. "I appreciate your support through the years."
"I gave my heart and soul to this sport, and fans like ... made it worthwhile for me to keep competing year after year," he added. "I just absolutely love this sport, and I just want to say thank you to the fans for making this fight happen. Thank you to Michael Bisping for giving me this opportunity."
As Henderson closed his final post-fight interview, the Manchester crowd chanted "Hendo." Despite coming up short on the scorecards, Henderson gave the fans a fight they will never forget; a fitting end for a legendary career.
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