A long awaited sequel to one of the most explosive knockout finishes not only in the UFC, but in all of mixed martial arts history is taking place across the pond in October, as Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson will square-off again at UFC 204.
The two fought at the seminal UFC 100 event after a season of trash talking one another as coaches on the combat organization’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
Bisping likely outpointed Henderson in the first round, but little did that matter as Henderson connected with a huge right hand square to the Englishman’s jaw 3:20 into the second round.
The blow rendered Bisping unconscious but Henderson followed up with another big shot to his defenseless opponent.
The highlight reel knockout was one for the ages, and since fight fans have clamored for another opportunity to see these two go at it.
Bisping, now fresh off his middleweight title seizing fight against Luke Rockhold, will defend his crown for the first time against Henderson.
A long-time journeyman of the organization he finally got his shot at the belt after defeating once unstoppable Anderson Silva in his previous bout.
Jumping in on just two weeks notice to fight a much more universally regarded Luke Rockhold, the Count knocked out the former title holder. The quick bout ended Rockhold’s short stint atop the middleweight division.
Fight fans were left in disbelief as the 37-year-old stood with the belt around his waist, a first for the 25 UFC fight veteran.
Henderson is just 2-2 in his last three fights, but the well-seasoned MMAer convinced UFC promoters in his last TKO victory of Hector Lombard that the time was right for a rematch with Bisping.
Seven years have gone by since the last time the two fought each other. So the likelihood that the firework producing first event can be followed up is unlikely at best.
If I had to wager, I would say Bisping outlasts the 47-year-old Henderson and defends his title against the former wrestler winning via a five round decision in his home country of England.
Should Bisping defeat Henderson, I would be left to believe that will be his lone successful attempt at defending his belt.
The organization will likely throw a legitimate title contender into the octagon with Bisping, ending his two fight reign as the middleweight champ.
Henderson has said he will retire following the contest.