UFC 204 in Manchester, England, has concluded and the much awaited main event, Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson 2, ended with a unanimous decision in favor of Bisping.
The first time these long-time rivals fought seven years ago, Hendo surprised Bisping with a brutal knockout and went home with the ‘W’.
In the match, the champ was dropped twice by Hendo but survived. Bisping defended his middleweight title via unanimous decision sending the American into retirement.
In earlier reports, the 46-year old Hendo claimed prior to UFC 204 that it will be his last UFC fight regardless of the result.
“It would take a lot for me to come out of retirement and keep going I’m very comfortable with my decision to have this be my last fight,” Hendo said.
“I’ve been focused on the opportunity in front of me in training camp to prepare to beat Michael Bisping and get that belt. I haven’t been emotional. I’ve been focused on what I need to do and get it done.”
The fight turned out to be interesting as the champ got almost dethroned when Hendo unleashed his signature H-bomb on Bisping’s chin at the end of the first round. Luckily for Bisping, he gathered himself and survived the round.
A second potential knockout punch landed Bisping in the second round but the bloodied Bisping survived and managed to pull off a win over Hendo.
Two judges gave the champ a 48-47 score and the other with a 49-46, resulting into a unanimous decision to keep his belt.
Now that the Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson 2 is over and Hendo almost got the belt, question now is, will Hendo still retire after an amazing performance? Will there be a third fight to this epic rivalry?
Here’s the UFC 204 results:
Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO
Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via knockout
Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission
Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission
Iuri Alcantara def. Brad Pickett via submission
Damian Stasiak def. Davey Grant via submission
Leon Edwards def. Albert Tumenov via submission
Marc Diakiese def. Lukasz Sajewski via TKO
Mike Perry def. Danny Roberts via knockout
Leonardo Santos def. Adriano Martins via split decision
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