Over two months have passed since Michael Bisping dethroned Luke Rockhold with a stunning upset at UFC 199 to claim the UFC middleweight title, and things haven’t gotten any less crazy in the 185-pound division.
“The Count” passed over a slew of top names to settle on a rematch against No. 12 ranked Dan Henderson for his first title defense at UFC 204. And while Bisping will likely be favored to get through the 45-year-old Henderson, former UFC champion Chris Weidman is confident that is where the Brit’s fairytale run will end.
“There’s a chance he’s beating Dan Henderson, but I don’t think there’s much of a chance he’s beating anybody else in the top-five,” Weidman said Monday on The MMA Hour. “But he’s the champ after winning and holding the belt, so that’s definitely surreal. To walk around and people ask me who the champion is in my weight class and I have to say Michael Bisping, it’s a little embarrassing, but that’s just the way it goes.”
Bisping and Henderson are scheduled to meet on Oct. 8 in Manchester, England. Henderson has vowed that the fight will be the last of his fighting career, regardless of whether he wins or loses, meaning there is a chance the belt could be vacated by the time Weidman returns on Nov. 12 at UFC 205.
That would just be par for the course though, as there’s no greater example of the craziness of 2016 than Bisping’s unexpected rise to the throne.
“Honestly man, all power to him,” Weidman said. “He went out there on short notice and beat Luke Rockhold and knocked him out in the first round. More power to him. But I just don’t think he is the best champion we’ve seen. I never thought he was ….View full article
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