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Michael Bisping Promises to Pay Dan Henderson ” Back for What Happened in 2009 After Cheating”

Kelsey Mowatt

Michael Bisping

Chances are the letters t, r, t, don’t pop into most people’s heads when they watch Dan Henderson’s crushing, knockout win over Michael Bisping, but clearly that’s what happens with the latter.

If you’re unaware, somehow….Bisping and Henderson fought way back in 2009 at UFC 100. “Hendo” floored Bisping with a massive right hand, and then followed up with another bombing shot from above. The footage of the KO has been used in hundreds of highlight reels since.

Well, fast forward to today, and Bisping’s the middleweight champ. Because fans want to see the 45 year-old Henderson get a crack at the 185 belt, and because Bisping wants to avenge that defeat, the UFC is planning a rematch.

Recently the British star appeared on┬áSiriusXM’s The Luke Thomas Show, and while discussing his well documented loss to Henderson, Bisping stated the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

Yeah, absolutely. At 100, like I said, I lost in good style. Well done to him, but there were circumstances I wasn’t aware of at the time. The TRT. Since then, that’s bothered me. The fact that he’s still fighting now kind of confirms the fights that he was manipulating the system or cheating.

…I know there’s other people that maybe or definitely are ahead of him in terms of rankings, but Dan Henderson is almost done. He said he’s only going to fight one more time. Those are the guys that are going nowhere. October is just around the corner. I believe it’s thirteen weeks until the fight. So, I’ll go out, I’ll beat Dan Henderson, I’ll pay him back for what happened in 2009 after cheating. Whoever’s next in line, they’ll still be there and we can go at it. No problem.

Now, considering Henderson was cleared to use testosterone replacement therapy, back when this was allowed, these comments probably won’t sit well with the legend’s fans. But, hey, Bisping has never been one to hold back, and he certainly knows how to promote a fight. Will that soften the anger of Henderson boosters? Probably not.

Could Henderson score one of the most compelling championship victories in combat sports history? We shall see.

Bisping – Henderson II has yet to receive an official date or venue.

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