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UFC 204 Takeaways: Michael Bisping Keeps UFC Title, But Dan Henderson Goes Out as People’s Champ

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Michael Bisping is still the champ, but Dan Henderson still goes out on top.

What more could you ask for? The main event of UFC 204 featured everything we love about fighting. In one corner we had a legend looking to win the championship in his final fight. In the other, we had an underdog who upset the rising star for the championship, looking to avenge a terrible knockout.

Throw in a partisan crowd and you’ve got a memorable night in UFC history.

Bisping and Henderson battled in slugfest that went the distance. When it was all over, Bisping won the decision, but Henderson won the respect of the fans and the crowd, one last time. On the rest of the main card, Gegard Mousasi, Stefan Struve, Jimi Manuwa and Mirsad Bektic also impressed.

Let’s look at UFC 204, why it mattered, and what happens now.

Michael Bisping is a Champion

Yes, on paper we know he is a champion. But if anyone thought he won the title on a fluke over Luke Rockhold, or that he unfairly won a decision over Anderson Silva, they need to think again. Bisping showed unreal determination at UFC 204 when he got up off the canvas after Henderson floored him with a right hand. Henderson then clobbered him with several punches, but Bisping refused to die. He scrambled. He used his legs. He fought off his back and he stood up and threw a right hand that landed on Henderson’s back. Right there and then we knew this fight would be different, that Bisping was not going to face the same result as their first fight at UFC 100. Bisping showed that he wanted a different result this time and although he could have folded under the pressure, he didn’t. He survived ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly