Tonight in Manchester, England. Michael Bisping will step into the Octagon for his first middleweight title defense. The fight will not only give Bisping the opportunity to defend the middleweight championship in front of the English fans, but it will also give him the opportunity to avenge his infamous UFC 100 KO loss to Dan Henderson.
After coaching opposite one another on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team UK vs. Team USA’, Bisping and Henderson squared off on the main card of UFC 100 back in 2009. In just the second round, Henderson managed to land a major overhand right that left Bisping out cold on the canvas. Not only was the win a highlight reel knockout for Henderson, it also resulted in fans referring to Henderson’s right hand as his ‘H-Bomb’.
Now, ahead of the pair’s rematch tonight, Bisping has given his prediction for the fight to Fight Society:
“I am one-million percent looking for a finish in this fight. When it’s all said and done, a win is a win and I’ll take it anyway I can, but I’m looking for a stoppage. I want to go out there and have a showcase performance. I feel I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m going to continue that. I want all those other (expletive) at middleweight to be like ‘I don’t know if I want to fight him actually,’” Bisping said. “I’m going to put a beating on Dan Henderson like he’s never had in his life. I’m going to make him look old. I’m going to make him look every one of those 46 years that he has on his clock. I’m going beat him to the punch.”
“I’m going to bloody him up and when it’s done, when he’s ready, when he’s beat up and doesn’t have a hope left in his body then I’m going to go in for the finish in round three.”
Do you think Bisping will be able to pull off the upset, or will he once again find himself defeated by Dan Henderson?