The prelims are over in Manchester, England, so it’s time to move to the UFC 204 main card, and Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson.
The results and fight recaps follow below.
Mirsad Bektic vs Russell Doane
Bektic came out aggressively, and after throwing some big strikes, he took Doane to the mat. The latter attempted to work his way up and out, but Bektic controlled the action and locked in a rear-naked-choke. Dominant win for Bektic.
Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 4:22
Stefan Struve vs Daniel Omielanczuk
Omielanczuk would charge in periodically, looking to negate the reach advantage of Struve. Omielanczuk was throwing heavy punches, while Struve was looking to keep the heavyweight at bay with hard kicks. Struve took Omielanczuk to the floor and moved to his back, but the latter made it through the round. Omielanczuk quickly looked for a TD in round two, but once again, Struve swept him to the floor. From there, the massive heavyweight slapped on a beautifully timed D’arce choke, and that was a wrap.
Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission (D’arce choke) R2, 1:41
Ovince Saint Preux vs Jimi Manuwa
Both light-heavyweights came out firing kicks and punches. Manuwa pushed the fight to the cage, but OSP proceeded to take him down and controlled the action from there for sometime. Manuwa came out chucking big punches and kicks in round two and OSP appeared to be fading. Then Manuwa wobbled OSP with a massive right and then floored him a booming left. OSP went down extremely awkwardly on his left leg.
Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via KO (punch) R2, 2:38
Vitor Belfort vs Gegard Mousasi
Mousasi was the aggressor in the opening frame and threatened Belfort with a steady stream of kicks and punches. Belfort blitzed in on a few occasions but mostly missed the mark. In the closing minute of round one, Mousasi landed a couple of hard punches. Mousasi continued to pressure in round two, and a couple of minutes in, he blasted Belfort with a headkick. Mousasi swarmed in with punches looking for the finish and the fight went to the ground. From there, Mousasi moved into mount and finished the legend off with punches from above.
Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (punches) R2, 2:43
Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson
Bisping was the aggressor right out of the gate and was throwing the occasional leg kick. Henderson was looking to counter and land his feared right. Late in the opening round, Henderson floored Bisping with an “H-Bomb” and followed up with a barrage of punches and elbows. Bisping made it out of the round but with considerable swelling and bleeding under his left eye.
Bisping was the fresher fighter as round two began, and once again, he pressured Henderson. Bisping proceeded to crack Henderson with several hard punches, but then, once again, Henderson sent him to the deck with a right hand. The round ended with Henderson on top.
In rounds three and four, Bisping continued to press forward and outstrike Henderson. The legend was able to plant some right hands on Bisping, but they didn’t have as much impact as earlier. Henderson picked up the pace in round five, and even took Bisping down at one juncture. The champion, however, also continued to fire back shots in what was a very competitive round.
Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)