Back in 2009, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping steeped into the Octagon for a highly anticipated middleweight showdown after coaching opposite one another on season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter.
In the second round of the fight, Henderson picked up what is considered by many to be one of the greatest knockouts of all time as he landed a thunderous right hand that put Bisping to sleep. As Bisping was starched on the canvas, Henderson followed up with several ground and pound shots before the referee stopped the fight.
After the fight, Henderson admitted that he knew the first shot finished Bisping, but that he followed the punch up to ensure that the referee would finish the fight.
Fast forward seven years, and Bisping & Henderson are once again slated to meet in the Octagon, this time in the main event of UFC 204 in Manchester, England for Bisping’s middleweight title.
Ahead of the fight, which Henderson has revealed will be his last regardless of the outcome, many are wondering if Henderson will once again look to land the controversial ground and pound shots if he once again knocks out ‘The Count’.
He spoke to Chamions.co:
“It’s more than likely,” Henderson said. “I did it before I fought him, against Wanderlei (Silva) and maybe one or two other guys, just to make sure they’re done. It’s the quickest way I know how to get from point A to point B, to jump on them. I’ll absolutely finish up with a punch or two if I knock him down, to make sure the fight is over. There is no ill will there, you know. I don’t wish him any permanent harm or anything, I just want to make sure that I win the fight.”
Henderson is going into the fight after picking up a spectacular KO win over Hector Lombard back in June. The second round win over Lombard landed Henderson at #12 on the UFC’s official middleweight rankings.
With his fight against Bisping set to be his last, do you think Henderson will be able to close out his historic MMA career by claiming the UFC middleweight championship?