With both Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson coming out of UFC 199 with knock out victories, could a possible rematch happen down the line?
Well, if UFC Veteran Commentator Joe Rogan has any vote, it would be an emphatic YES!
Since UFC 199, there has been some talk coming from both sides wanting a rematch of their UFC 100 bout. According to one of Champions' senior editors, Henderson is itching to get one more shot at the title.
As for Bisping, he has some mixed feelings as to who he should face next. When asked about a rematch last year, Bisping did not think a fight with Henderson would be fair anymore.
However, earlier this week Bisping made a statement that completely contradicts his opinions from last year.
"I'll just go out on a limb and say this right now and people can talk (expletive) all they want, but the fight that I want because he's almost retired -- I want Dan Henderson. I owe Dan Henderson one. Everybody knows that. Everybody knows why."
- Michael Bisping speaking to FOX Sports on Monday
Personally, I have mixed feelings about this match up. On one hand it would be cool to see a future hall-of-famer get one more shot at the title AND the current champion have a chance to redeem a previous loss. And despite the age of both fighters, it's almost guaranteed that it will be a slugfest.
On the other hand, I agree with Bisping (and other fight fans) in that Souza should be next in line for a title opportunity. Winning six out of the seven fights since entering the UFC from Strikeforce (the loss being a split decision to boot), Souza has worked his way up to be a top contender. Currently, he is ranked third among the middleweights behind the last two champions (Rockhold and Weidman).
Whoever the opponent maybe, I'm sure "The Count" will be willing to take on whoever Dana White, Joe Silva and Sean Shelby pick to be the next title contender. And who knows? Maybe they'll sweeten the deal for Bisping and schedule the fight in his home country.