Legends will collide at UFC 204 in Manchester, England come Oct. 8, as UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping will be making his first title defense against Number 12 ranked contender, Dan Henderson.
Below is the Legends Collide promotional video:
This fight will be a rematch, as Bisping and Henderson have some history together. The two middleweights fought at the historic UFC 100 event over seven years ago. Bisping and Henderson were coaches of opposing teams during the ninth season of The Ultimate fighter, and scheduled to fight to close out the season.
That night, at UFC 100, Henderson scored one of the most memorable knockouts in MMA history when he clipped Bisping with a deadly right hook that sent him stiff to the canvas. The American followed up by jumping over the unconscious Bisping and landing another right hand to Bisping's chin.
Now, Bisping will get a chance at redemption, while Henderson will get a chance to make history and cement his legacy as one of the best fighters to ever live.
Bisping, who won the 185-pound title from Luke Rockhold in June, has over 35 fights under his belt, and has been considered among the best middleweights for many years. He holds notable victories over Luke Rockhold, Anderson Silva, Thales Leites, Matt Hamill, Brian Stann, Alan Belcher and many more. Heis also The Ultimate Fighter season three light heavyweight tournament winner, and the first British fighter to win a UFC belt.
Meanwhile, Henderson is already considered a living legend. The 46-year-old fighter was last the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, and was the last welterweight and middleweight champion of Pride Fighting Championships. Henderson remains the only MMA fighter to hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion. The only belt that has eluded Henderson's career, which dates back to 1997, has been the UFC belt.
The full UFC 204 card goes as follows:
- Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
- Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi
- Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa
- Daniel Omielańczuk vs. Stefan Struve
- Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen
- Leonardo Santos vs. Adriano Martins
- Iuri Alcântara vs. Brad Pickett
- Damian Stasiak vs. Davey Grant
- Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov
- Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font
- Reza Madadi vs. Marc Diakiese