While UFC 204 was short on top-tier talent, it was long on excitement. Nine of the event’s 11 fights ended inside the distance, with a number of amazing submissions along the way. While there were officially 11 winners and 11 losers in Manchester, England, not all wins and losses are equal. The biggest winner of the night was the main event victor, and still the middleweight champion, Michael Bisping.
The UFC 204 fight was held in Manchester, England
The ”Clash of the Titans”! Bisping vs Henderson, the ”climax” of UFC 204, held in Manchester Arena with an outstanding number in attendance, up to 16000, represented the first PPV (pay-per-view) event, since UFC 112.
Who won UFC 204
Michael Bisping, the hometown favorite rolled the dice in a big way at UFC 204. While his opponent, Dan Henderson, was on paper an easy fight, this was anything but low-risk for him.
A loss would have been disastrous for his career. His UFC 100 loss to Henderson still haunted him seven years later, and a second loss to the former Pride champ would have been irreparable.
Had Henderson won, Bisping’s championship run would have gone down as a fluke. Bisping himself would have gone down as an enduring midcarder, not a longtime great. Bisping, though, managed to take the win in a suspenseful bout defined by Hendo’s early brutality and the Count’s late dominance, capped with a feel-good moment in front of his family and friends.
It was the first time that two British fighters have fought for a title in the UFC
It was the first time that two British fighters have fought for a title in the UFC and it is also the first time that a champion has successfully defended their championship outside of America. The UFC 204 was successful both as an entertainment and as a business venture. The UFC stands for United Fight Championship which is one of the largest MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) organizations in the world.
Strike number three for Henderson! The third time he got knocked out during his career
This is also the third time that Henderson has been knocked out during his career. The first time was by Fedor Emelianenko in 2007, and the second time was by Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 in 2011. He had an incredible career with Pride Fighting Championships and he always took on all comers because of his fighting spirit. Dan Henderson is truly one of the greatest fighters that MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has ever seen.
After winning this match, Michael Bisping will be one of only three people to ever hold titles in both belts at once
When Michael Bisping fights, he brings something unique to the table. If he wins, he will be one of only three people to ever hold titles in both belts at once. After winning this match, Bisping will also be the first UFC fighter to defend their championship outside of America.
Predictions on who will win in a rematch between these two fighters, if it happens
The rematch between Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping would be one of the most exciting fights in UFC history. If it happens, I predict that Michael Bisping will win. Dan Henderson is an old man and has made his last two fights tough. It would be too bad to see him retire on a more sour note, but this is the best thing for him. It’s time to call it quits before he starts losing to lesser opponents.
The most proper way to ”wrap” this edition of Ultimate Fighting Championship, would be by saying that ”The Count” simply wanted it more! Hats off to Hendo for his outstanding performance, but this time Bisping had the last word of the night. And by word, I mean punch!