Newly crowned middleweight champion, Michael Bisping is looking for revenge at UFC 204. The British fighter is scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Dan Henderson in front of his hometown of Manchester on Oct. 8. Below is the 'Warriors' promotional video leading up to the card:
Bisping, who won the 185-pound title from Luke Rockhold in June, wants to avenge his devastating knockout loss to Henderson while making his first title defense at the same time.
Both Bisping and Henderson first met in the Octagon at the historic UFC 100 event a little over seven years ago. The fight was the culmination of a heated rivalry that brewed during the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where both Bisping and Henderson served as coaches of opposing teams. Prior to that fight, Bisping was riding high as he owned an impressive record of 17-1, with his only loss being a controversial split decision loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 78. However, that high ended in disastrous fashion when Henderson clipped Bisping with a right hook from hell that sent Bisping stiff to the canvas. As if that wasn't enough, Henderson followed up by jumping over the unconscious Bisping, delivering another right hand to Bisping's face.
Now, the 46-year-old Henderson looks to repeat history and capture middleweight gold in his last MMA fight, as he's made public through several news outlets that he'll retire after UFC 204. The Olympic wrestler is 2-1 in his past three UFC bouts, with knockout wins over Tim Boetsch and Hector Lombard. He's also ranked no. 12 in the division.
Meanwhile, Bisping is on a four fight winning streak, notching wins over C.B. Dollaway, Thales Leites, Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold.
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