Bisping and Henderson will meet again in the headliner of UFC 204, which will go down on October 8th in Manchester, England. The bout will mark Bisping’s first title defense as middleweight champ, as the British star took out Luke Rockhold in June to grab the belt.
Ordinarily, you wouldn’t see the #13th ranked fighter tapped for a title shot. But, when you’re one of the greatest fighters the game has ever known, and have scored a vicious KO win over the champ, things happen.
Well, obviously Bisping has his own take on what went wrong for him at UFC 100. Recently the rugged vet had this to say about his devastating loss to “Hendo” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“In that fight, I was very skittish,” Bisping said. “I was. I wasn’t committing, I was on the back foot constantly. It was just a bad performance and a bad gameplan. I was over-trained. Listen, I’m not trying to discredit him. God bless him, good for him, he got me. He got me good. What can you say? It’s part of history, I’m not bitter about it. It is what it is. This is a tough sport that we’re in. He got me good. And I get a chance for revenge.”
It’s going to be fascinating to see what goes down on Saturday. Bisping’s confidence has likely never been higher, and his boxing has looked great in his last couple of outings. Can Henderson find Bisping’s chin with a thundering right hand one more time? And grab the middleweight belt at the age of 46? Or will Bisping finally avenge the defeat that has been a fixture on highlight reels since 2009?