UFC 204 was officially announced on August 15, and it will be headlined by newly crowned middleweight champion, Michael Bisping and the man who defeated him at UFC 100, Dan Henderson. The fight will be held on October 8, and will be held in Bisping’s hometown at the Manchester Arena. Bisping comes in as favorite to win the main event, according to the odds posted online.
The Count will also be coming in with a four-fight win streak, most notably against former middleweight great Anderson Silva and former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, whom he beat at UFC 199 in the first round via KO. His fight against Henderson will be his first title defense and will be a rematch of UFC 100, where Hendo knocked out Bisping in the second round.
The 45-year-old Henderson will again be entering the Octagon as the underdog with odds, putting him at +180, while Bisping is at -240. In their last match, Hendo was almost a 6-1 underdog but defied all the odds when he knocked out Bisping in the upset.
But Henderson, who will also be turning 46 later this month, is coming from two wins out of his last five fights. His last win was a knockout against Hector Lombard, who has also been through a string of losses. He has also been mulling retirement and made it clear that he just wants to leave the UFC on top.
“(Fighting Bisping) is definitely something that I would do,” said Henderson during an MMA podcast discussion with Nick Peralta last June. “But it would definitely be my last fight for sure. Win or lose. I’m obviously confident that I would win, but win or lose I would make that my retirement fight.”
But a win would surely be the perfect end of a magnificent career for Dan Henderson, who, despite his numerous accolades in the UFC, has never won a title. But as Bisping comes in as favorite to win the main event, this may be Henderson’s toughest battle, yet.
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