If you’re a big time “Hendo” fan, then last night’s scrap was a heartbreaker. In the opening round, it looked as thought thee 46 year-old was going to secure the 185 belt after all, as Henderson floored Bisping with a big right. The bloodied champion recovered, however, and even rallied back from another knockdown in round two.
For the remainder of the fight, Bisping pressed the action and appeared to get the better of Henderson, although round five was extremely close. After the bout, Bisping was awarded the unanimous decision win scores of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.
Well, Henderson didn’t see the fight the same way, as while speaking to FOX Sports 1 afterwards, he said this (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I’m a little disappointed with the outcome. I felt like I did enough to win the fight. It should have been 10-8 in the first. I felt I won the first two rounds and I thought I won the fifth. It was one of the apprehensions I had coming to fight in his hometown. I knew I did that, so I’m happy with that.”
It’s hard to imagine why a judge wouldn’t score the first round as a 10-8 in Henderson’s favor. A 49-46 overall score is extremely troubling. So, depending on how you saw round five, then you could have scored it as a draw.
One thing’s for certain, Bisping will have to have a much, much better performance next time out, if he hopes to get by the likes of Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero or “Jacare” Souza.