Michael Bisping to defend title against Dan Henderson at UFC 204
According to a report from Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has verbally agreed to defend his title against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 on October 8 in Manchester, England.
The duo first met back in 2009 at UFC 100 and ended when Henderson delivered one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history. The two fighters coached opposite one another on the Ultimate Fighter season 9 before their first fight.
Now, seven years later Bisping (29-7) is the UFC middleweight champion having defeated Luke Rockhold for the title back at UFC 199 in June.
The champion is riding a four-fight win streak to include the win over Rockhold, Anderson Silva, Thales Leites and C.B. Dolloway.
Henderson (32-14), who is nearing retirement at 45 years of age, is coming off a huge knockout win over Hector Lombard also at UFC 199.
Before the Lombard win, Henderson lost six of his last eight fights which has prompted many to say that he is not the most truly worthy opponent for a title shot. The UFC however will use the UFC 100 knockout loss as fuel to promote and sell the fans on the fight. While there may be more deserving opponents, who doesn’t want to see this rematch?
The UFC is expected to officially announce the fight in the coming days, with a pre-fight press conference scheduled for the day before UFC 202 in Las Vegas.