Henderson eyeing big win over ‘arrogant and cocky’ Bisping

Dan Henderson admits it would be 'absolutely huge' to cap his twenty-year career in mixed martial arts by winning the UFC middleweight title at UFC 204 this weekend.

The veteran American fighter faces reigning UFC champion Michael Bisping in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning, and win, lose or draw, he knows it will be his final fight.

Henderson would love to end his career on a high note and capture the title.

"It would be absolutely huge, especially being my last fight to accomplish a goal that I set for myself a long time ago and definitely something that I worked my ass off during training camp to hopefully do," Henderson told TSN.ca.

Counting in the 46-year-old's favour is that he knocked Bisping out cold the first time they met at UFC 100, although he expects his opponent to be much more confident this time around after upsetting Luke Rockhold to claim the title at UFC 199 via knockout.

Michael Bisping

"He’s arrogant and cocky and coming off a knockout like that, maybe he’ll come forward or maybe he’ll be a little more apprehensive because of the power that I have, it’s hard to say what kind of fight he’ll bring," said Henderson.  

"It’s up to me to make sure the fight happens the way I want it to and making sure I win every round along the way."

Henderson admits he was not expecting Bisping to defeat Rockhold – let along knock him out.

"I think along with the rest of the world I was shocked, I think Rockhold might have been shocked the most that Bisping came out and did that," said Henderson.

"Bisping isn’t known for being a knockout guy and Rockhold got knocked out by him.  It was something that was unexpected, but he was able to get it done."

Dan Henderson

Looking ahead to the fight, Henderson wants to make sure he does not leave the result in the judges' hands, particularly fighting in Bisping's backyard.

"The Octagon is the same, hopefully the judging is good and on point, that’s my only concern, just making sure the judges judge the fight properly and there is no "hometown-ness" going," he added.

"I’d rather not leave it in the judges hands, I’ve been on the wrong way of some decisions before and I’m not planning on that happening, even though I would gladly take a split decision win over him, or a knockout, as long as I get the job done.  I would prefer to not leave it in the judges’ hands."