In UFC news, Michael Bisping is to defend his newly won middleweight title against a man who brutally knocked him out before, Dan Henderson. Bisping lost the first encounter via what fans lovingly call the ?H-Bomb.? That knockout clip will be on every Henderson highlight reel for decades to come. Now, it looks like Bisping has a chance to avenge his loss in the UFC 100.
This though does not sit well with everyone.
Hendo, an aging legend of the sport, won only 4 of his last 10 fights. In his last 5 fights, he won only two. His most recent fight was against Hector Lombard which he impressively won via head kick and elbows in the second round but it was not enough to get him in the UFC?s middleweight Top 10 ranking. Now, as he nears his retirement (he is 45), it looks like the UFC is gifting him a shot at the title.
This UFC news shocked many and one guy who does not think that this is fair is former champion Chris Weidman.
End of the day I feel I'm best in world and will get my belt back by beating whoever it takes but this is a joke of a system.
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) July 10, 2016
As you would remember, Weidman was suppose to fight Luke Rockhold again for the title he lost in their first bout. But Weidman got injured and pulled out from the middleweight title bout in the UFC 199. Michael Bisping stepped up as a late replacement coming in at 17 days notice and ended up finishing Rockhold in the 3:36 mark of the first round via knockout. Many thought that this was one of the biggest upsets in combat sports history. Many also think that Bisping would ?not be able to hold the title for long.
Michael Bisping, UFC middleweight champion. This is not a test. Repeat, this is not a test.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) June 5, 2016
Michael Bisping with the stunner of all stunners!
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) June 5, 2016
Now, the unlikely champion is going to fight the No. 13 ranked middleweight guy leapfrogging 12 athletes. Many cry foul like Jacare Souza saying, in a report by Bloody Elbow, that the campaign for a Bisping-Henderson 2 is ?ridiculous.? Souza is ranked third and won 9 of his last 10 fights. He is coming off a submission win over fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort in UFC 198 after his sole loss in the UFC, a split decision, against Yoel Romero.
Fair or not it makes sense monetarily. The fight also benefits from an interesting narrative. The first fight between Bisping and Henderson ended bad for the British and it gives the newly crowned champion a chance to right a wrong in his eyes. It also is a tribute to a legend in Henderson who could retire after the fight and retiring as a UFC champion could cap off his illustrious career.
Fair or not, it looks like it is happening and it might be in Manchester, England.
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