UFC 204: Bisping retains title in epic fight

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Michael Bisping pulled off an amazing victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in Manchester, England to retain his UFC Middleweight belt.

Bisping was floored by two huge Henderson right-hand shots in rounds one and two, but recovered to take the win on points.

The main event started cagily with both fighters sizing each other up, Henderson occasionally swinging his big right hand.

Then Henderson caught the champion with a big right-hand punch with around one minute left in the round that sent Bisping crashing to the canvas. Bisping was able to recover despite Henderson landing several elbows and managed to survive to the end of the round.

Bisping came out refreshed in the second round, landing kicks and punches as he tried to stay away from Hendo’s right hand. Bisping looked to be getting on top but then Henderson caught him again to floor him for a second time. Bisping tied up Henderson for the rest of the round as he tried to recover.

Bisping had learned his lesson by round three, keeping his distance while picking off Henderson from distance with flurries of kicks and punches.

Bisping, who had caught Henderson with a low blow in the first round that was missed by the referee, caught the American again mid-way through the third, with Bisping receiving a warning from the referee while Henderson recovered.

Henderson became visibly more offensive after the restart as the two fighters began to tire.

The fifth round was close with both fighters looking to score vital points, before a knee tap saw Henderson take Bisping down with around 90 seconds left. Bisping recovered and the two battled out the last minute of the fight to the bell.

Gegard Mousasi vs Vitor Belfort

The co-main event bout saw Gegard Mousasi defeat Vitor Belfort via a TKO inside two rounds.

Mousasi was the aggressor from the off, constantly pushing Belfort back with kicks and punches in the first round.

Mousasi then caught Belfort with a huge kick to the right side of the head in the second round that shook Belfort and then followed up with a flurry of punches, taking Belfort to the ground before the referee stepped in.

Jimi Manuwa vs Ovince Saint Preux

In action further down the card, Londoner Jimi Manuwa lived up to his promise in his light heavyweight clash with Ovince Saint Preux with a stunning knockout after 2:38 of round two.

After Saint Preux narrowly took the first round, Poster Boy caught Saint Preux with a brutal body shot before following up with a right hand that caught OSP cold. He followed up with another shot that sent the American to the canvas and the referee called a halt to the fight.

Mirsad Bektic vs Russell Doane

Bosnian-American Mirsad Bektic earlier defeated Russell Doane via a submission after just 4:22 of the first round.The promising prospect hit Doane with numerous hard shots during the bout, before forcing the Hawaiian to tap out after getting him in a rear naked choke hold.

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