After a rematch between current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and veteran Dan Henderson was confirmed for UFC 204 on October 8 in Manchester, the former has revealed that he intends on inflicting serious damage to his opponent.
Bisping claimed the middleweight championship in dramatic fashion earlier this year by knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in a scrap the Briton took on short notice.
At 45-years-of-age, Henderson has never won a UFC championship. He has made it clear that he will retire after the meeting, regardless of the outcome. Talk about going out on top!
However, that story is simply a sub-plot to this clash. These two fighters have history and Bisping has made it clear that he is out for revenge.
The bout will be a repeat of UFC 100, which took place back in July of 2009.
Henderson knocked Bisping out cold with an overhand right in the second round and added a crushing final blow before the referee could intervene.
Bisping felt that Henderson’s actions that night were entirely untoward and revealed that they would act as motivation for him to turn around the result.
“I plan on putting a beating on Hendo people will never forget,” Bisping said.
“He knocked me out at UFC 100. When I was unconscious, he flew through the air and delivered a forearm smash that could have left me severely brain damaged, okay?
“I owe that guy.”
As for the pleas of a number of other fighters for a title shot, Bisping reminded them all that he was not going anywhere.
“A lot of people have been talking s**t about this match-up, a lot of people have been very excited,” Bisping continued.
“For all these other people, all these other p*****s at 185, Chris Weidman, [Ronaldo Souza], Rockhold, the fight is only eight weeks away. They’re still going to be there in eight weeks time, okay?”