What a crazy fight! Taking place in Manchester, England, UFC 204 played host to an epic rematch. Attempting his first UFC title defense, middleweight kingpin Michael Bisping took on his old rival Dan Henderson.
It was a tense and extremely exciting affair, and Henderson very nearly scored the knockout twice. Having scored a brutal KO against Bisping at UFC 100, Henderson attempted to repeat history at 47 years old.
Records on the line at UFC 204
Henderson could have become the oldest champion in UFC history tonight. It was not his evening though, as Bisping scored his 20th UFC victory. Claiming a unanimous decision on home turf, ‘The Count’ now holds the most wins in UFC history.
Henderson has nothing to be ashamed of after the rematch, though. He very nearly scored the KO win twice, and with the exact same punch he used in 2009. Hendo’s trademark H-Bomb was on full show at UFC 204. Here was Joe Rogan’s live reaction.
Skip to 1:57:14 for Rogan’s reaction to the first Henderson knockdown
After an illustrious career spanning 20 years through Pride FC, Strikeforce and the UFC, Dan Henderson decided to retire tonight. He was respectful towards Michael Bisping after his loss to ‘The Count.’ The crowds in the UK gave the ageing legend a standing applause.
Want to see how the fight went down? Here’s the official highlights from the UFC.
Dan Henderson’s career finally comes to an end in 2016. Fitting that he should go out on his shield, especially after some of the brutal losses he’s suffered in recent years. Bisping will go on to face some of the most dangerous fighters at middleweight now, though.
Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza, Chris Weidman and many more await the Englishman. The top contenders were made to wait as Bisping got revenge against Henderson. The question now is who’s next in line for the shot at UFC gold?