Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping: One Final Henderson Victory? Phil Oscarson September 29, 2016 UFC Fans of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) raced to reserve seats when sponsors announced a rematch between Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping will occur at UFC 204 in Manchester Arena on October 8, 2016. Tickets went on sale and sold out within six minutes according to The Sun. The historic rematch between the two martial arts fighters has generated a lot of excitement! A Long-Awaited Event The strong public interest in the upcoming match (which will appear on pay-per-view) traces its roots back to July 11, 2009. On that day, crowds packed a hall at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada to watch the UFC 100 contest between Briton Michael Bisping and American Dan Henderson. In the second round of the 3 minute, 20 second fight, Dan Henderson punched Michael Bisping so hard with an overhand right swing (the “H-bomb”) he knocked him out in a UFC title eliminator match. The fight became only the second loss of Michael Bisping’s MMA career. It garnered Dan Henderson an award for delivering the 2009 Knockout of the Year. Now, a long awaited rematch appears at hand. A quick betonline review suggests fans harbor great curiosity about the upcoming UFC 204 event. They wonder whether or not Dan Henderson will reprise his victory before retiring? Dan Henderson: An Acclaimed Sports Career Dan Henderson during his career obtained the distinction of becoming the only MMA fighter to hold two titles in two different weight classes at the same time. Now 46, an advanced age for an MMA fighter, he has generated fan speculation that he might retire soon. The California-born athlete earned wrestling medals in high school and represented the United States as a wrestler in the Summer Olympics in 1992 and 1996. In 2000, he won a gold medal at the Pan American Championships. He began training in Mixed Martial Arts in 1997, drawing upon his successful wrestling background extensively to achieve forward momentum until 2013. He won the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament. Black Belt Magazine named him 2007 MMA Fighter of the Year. A string of losses during 2013 and 2014 transformed his 29-8 record to its current 32-14. Michael Bisping: A Rising Star Nine years younger than Dan Henderson, Briton Michael Bisping began training in the martial art of jujutsu as an 8-year old. By age 19, he had also started learning additional fighting sports, including kickboxing, boxing and karate. His accolades include earning a Brown Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and twice winning the Pro British light heavyweight kickboxing title. He holds the current UFC Middleweight Championship title and became MMA International Fighter of the Year in both 2008 and 2012. Recently he moved to California and launched a successful acting career in conjunction with his martial arts activities. He appeared in the 2015 television series Strike Back and won roles in two motion picture films slated for release during 2017. He currently enjoys a 29-7 MMA record. Two Well-Matched Opponents Both contenders bring unique strengths to UFC 204. Dan Henderson possesses wrestling expertise and an impressive history of MMA triumphs. On the other hand, his age now likely works against him as an athlete. Michael Bisping enjoys a slight height advantage (he stands 6’1″ compared to Dan Henderson’s 5’11’), plus the benefit of extensive kickboxing training. His 2009 defeat may motivate him to excel in the upcoming match. Anticipation Who will win the rematch? The outcome remains a matter of vigorous contention. One thing does seem certain, however: fan anticipation will permeate the arena!