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On Saturday night (early Sunday morning in Europe), the UFC took over beautiful Manchester, England with UFC 204.
Though the card was hurt by a series of late fighter withdrawals, it ultimately delivered as a fun one all the same. Highlighted by an unforgettable middleweight title fight between English champ Michael Bisping and MMA legend Dan Henderson, as well as a whopping nine stoppages, the eleven-fight card was one for the history books.
Here’s a recap of the madness in Manchester for those who missed it!
The Main Card:
Bisping Edges Henderson in Unforgettable Middleweight Title Fight
The evening’s main event saw England’s Michael Bisping look to avenge the ugliest low of his career: a 2009 knockout loss to American legend Dan Henderson. The Brit got his shot at vengeance on home soil, in a fight that also marked the first defense of his unlikely reign as middleweight king.
It was a wild one.
In the first round, history very nearly repeated itself, as Henderson floored his British foe with his legendary right hand. In the second, Bisping looked to be finding his groove, but was then floored again in the final moments of the round. In the third, the champ finally seemed to settle in—a trend that continued into the fourth. The fifth round, finally, was fairly hard to score, as Henderson secured a takedown, but Bisping was the far sharper man on the feet.
Despite the strong efforts put forth by both men, this one was ultimately awarded unanimously to Bisping. With the win, the Brit moves to 1-0 as the UFC middleweight king, and now stands at 30-7 overall.
Henderson, meanwhile, hung up the gloves in the moments after the fight. Now 32-15 overall, the MMA legend summed up his swansong perfectly in his post-fight interview with Brian Stann.