So they meet again.
UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will defend his title Saturday night in the UFC 204 main event against challenger Dan Henderson in Manchester, England. And if it’s anything like the first time these two faced each other, Bisping is in for one heck of a fight.
That fight won’t happen until well after the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET, but there will be plenty of undercard bouts to enjoy until then.
Be sure to check back here for a live blog of Bisping-Henderson with round-by-round analysis. You also can check out live results for every fight below and view a live stream of the event here.
Michael Bisping Vs. Dan Henderson Live Round-By-Round Commentary
Result: Bisping gets his revenge. He won by unanimous decision, 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.
Round 5: In a bit of a surprise, Henderson was the aggressor in the first minute. But Bisping has been pretty elusive so far, and he started to land some more strikes. Henderson got him against the cage but couldn’t capitalize, although he followed it up by getting a takedown. Neither fighter dominated that round, so it’s anyone’s guess what the judges will do.
Round 4: Henderson did land a jab, but it wasn’t as significant as the ones he had in Rounds 1 and 2. That drew a smile out of Bisping. There was a timeout after Bisping hit Henderson in the groin again, and the champion was given a warning. Henderson milked the timeout for as long as possible, and Bisping taunted him and got the crowd riled up. Henderson did connect on a few combos later in the round, but neither fighter had a clear significant blow in the fourth. It all comes down to Round 5.
Round 3: Bisping continued to dominate the scoreboard when it came to strikes landed, and he once again was the aggressor for the first part of the third. Henderson sort of fell down and tried to take Bisping down, but to no avail. Now that was more of what Bisping was hoping to do in the first 10 minutes, and he at least has one round won so far.
Round 2: Despite the rough finish to the first round, Bisping came out striking in Round 2. He landed a few good combos early on. Bisping also started to use his legs more and landed a few kicks to Henderson’s head. Bisping rocked Henderson with a body shot, but Henderson returned the favor with a huge right jab and knocked him down. What an unbelievable moment. The end of the first two rounds have not been kind to Bisping, who also hit Henderson in the groin before his big body shot.
Round 1: Both fighters were patient early on and showed great discipline. Henderson managed to get in a strike that opened up Bisping a bit on his forehead. Nothing major, though. Then Henderson got Bisping down with a big strike, and it looked like the fight was seconds from being over, but Bisping somehow survived. But the champion has been busted wide open below his eye.
Pre-Fight: They’re in the octagon. It’s time for the main event.
UFC 204 Main Card Fights (10 p.m.)
Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson, unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort, TKO (Round 2, 2:43)
Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux, KO (Round 2, 2:38)
Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk, submission (Round 2, 1:41)
Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane, submission (Round 1, 4:22)
FOX Sports 1 Prelims
Iuri Alcantara def. Brad Pickett, submission (Round 1, 1:59)
Damian Stasiak def. Davey Grant, submission (Round 3, 3:56)
Leon Edwards def. Albert Tumenov, submission (Round 3, 3:01)
Marc Diakiese def. Lukasz Sajewski, TKO (Round 2, 4:40)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
Mike Perry def. Danny Roberts, KO (Round 3, 4:40)
Leonardo Santos def. Andriano Martins, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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