UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2
October 8, 2016
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Manchester is geared up and ready for UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2. and despite anticipated start times of 11 pm for the preliminaries and 3 am for the main card in local England time (GMT), the event was sold out in just minutes. The main draw—a highly-anticipated grudge match between England’s local hero, current UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping and former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson created so much buzz that despite the unusual start times, the event sold out in just minutes.
The long-standing feud between Bisping and Henderson started back when the two served as coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where Bisping made himself known as the king of trash talking.
Henderson, on the other hand, preferred to let his fighting do the talking for him. When the two met at UFC 100, Henderson delivered on his promise to silence Bisping by handing out a second-round highlight reel knockout, punctuated by a follow-up “shut-your-mouth, boy” punch after Bisping hit the canvas.
It marked the first time Bisping had been knocked out in competition and a loss he is eager to avenge.
Now that Bisping is the UFC Middleweight Champion, having defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 with an impressive knockout of his own, it’s more than just personal for Bisping where Henderson is concerned—he wants to retain that long-awaited title belt.
Personal grudges and championship belts aside, with a win over Henderson, Bisping would surpass George St-Pierre (whom he is currently tied with at 19 wins) to become the fighter with the most wins in the UFC and that alone is a pretty impressive statistic.
Henderson’s most recent stint in the UFC has been marked by a 4-6 record, with surges of brilliance, most recently with a second-round knockout of Hector Lombard at UFC 199.
For Hendo, who is 46, an age many consider to be past your prime in MMA, it’s a “last call to the ball” if he wants a shot at earning a title in the UFC before he retires.
Most betting outlets have current champ Bisping as the favorite (-235) going into the fight against Henderson (+235) but anything is possible with these two knockout artists.
In other main card fights, No. 9-ranked Gegard Mousasi is favored to win (-330) over No. 5-ranked Vitor Belfort in the middleweight division. Mousasi is coming off two wins (over Thiago Santos and Thales Leites) while Belfort is coming off a loss to Ronaldo Souza (preceded by a KO win over Dan Henderson in 2015).
In another interesting bout, this one at light heavyweight, No. 5-ranked Ovince Saint Preux, is coming off a decision loss to Jon Jones at UFC 197 while No. 8-ranked Jimi Manuwa is coming off a second-round KO loss at the hands of Anthony Johnson at UFC 191. Saint Preux is favored (-150) over Manuwa (+140), however, both men possessing strong knockout power, and like the main event, this will be one to watch.
Manchester might be hopped up on caffeine come main even time due to the skewed timing of the live events, but regardless, the fights on the card are guaranteed to produce fireworks no matter what the outcomes.
The event will start airing in the United States at 7 am with the early preliminaries on UFC Fight Pass, followed by the preliminaries to be aired on Fox Sports 1 at 8 pm and the main even on pay-per-view at 10 pm.
Full Card Betting Odds for UFC 204
Main Card on Pay-Per-View
Michael Bisping (30-7-0) -235
Dan Henderson(32-14-0) +215
Middleweight Championship bout
Gegard Mousasi (39-6-2) -330
Vitor Belfort (25-12-0) +300
Ovince Saint Preux (19-8-0) -150
Jimi Manuwa (15-2-0) +140
Light Heavyweight bout
Stefan Struve (31-8-0)
Daniel Omielanczuk (19-5-1, 1 NC)
Mirsad Bektic (10-0-0) -680
Russell Doane (14-6-0) +555
Preliminary Card on Fox Sports 1
Iuri Alcantara (32-7-0, 1 NC) -125
Brad Pickett (26-11-0) +115
Davey Grant (10-2-0) -175
Damian Stasiak (10-2-0) +165
Albert Tumenov (17-3-0) -230
Leon Edwards (11-3-0) +210
Marc Diakiese (9-0-0) -255
Lukasz Sajewski (13-2-0) +235
Early Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass
Danny Roberts (13-1-0) -120
Mike Perry (8-0-0) +110
Adriano Martins (28-7-0) -210
Leonardo Santos (15-4-1) +190
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