Michael Bisping will finally have a chance to exact revenge from Dan Henderson, as he faces Hendo at UFC 204 this October. And the current UFC middleweight champ seems to have no plans of losing his belt, let alone to the man who beat him at UFC 100 when he defends his title for the first time.
In their last meeting inside the Octagon, Bisping was sent down to the mattress with a huge right hand late in the second round. For the few who need a refresher, you can check out the video below.
But this was five years ago.
Michael Bisping to beat Dan Henderson in the third round?
Fast forward to the present, and Bisping is the champion, Henderson is rumored to be mulling retirement, and Anderson Silva broke his leg (almost twice). Yet nothing will ever change that L in Bisping’s record by the R of Henderson. And it’s no wonder that the Count is more fired up than usual.
“He could not beat Anderson Silva, and I did that. He could not win a UFC belt, I have done that. He wasn’t good enough on the night, whereas I was.” Shared Bisping during a Sky Sports interview. “Henderson is famous for one thing only – knocking me out at UFC 100. That is the highlight of his career, and it will be eradicated when I destroy him at UFC 204.”
The current champ looks to be more cautious though sharing what he will be looking out for when he enters the Octagon with Hendo the second time around. But he does predict a round three win.
“With Dan Henderson, everybody knows you don’t even need to do research to know that it’s his right hand. Dan Henderson has a heavy left and right hand. I, of course, found out at UFC 100. And I’ve got to watch that right hand. It’s simple as that,” Bisping explained to the Independent. “Keep my chin tucked in, keep my guard high and deliver fast powerful shots. I think as the fight progresses; I will wear him down then I will look for the finish in round three.”
Find out if Michael Bisping will fulfill his prediction (in front of his home crowd) at UFC 204 this October 8.
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