According to an article in the Manchester Evening News, it appears that TUF 9 coaches Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping will fight for a title shot when they meet at UFC 100 in July:
The 30-year-old from Clitheroe has been promised a shot at the mixed martial arts organisation's middleweight crown if he comes through his clash with Dan Henderson in Las Vegas on July 11 and wins again at the M.E.N. Arena.
"Michael will fight Henderson at UFC 100 in Vegas, and the winner will get a world title shot," a UFC spokesman said.
"And if that winner is Michael, we intend to take the fight to Manchester, just down the road from where he lives.
The big winner in all of this has to be Bisping, who has only fought three fights at middleweight. To be awarded a title shot should he beat Henderson has to be considered a huge win for Bisping considering the people he's fought at middleweight (Chris Leben, Jason Day, and Charles McCarthy) to get to this point. In regards to Henderson, he's made it clear that he would rather fight at light heavyweight and he's also already lost to Silva once before in convincing fashion. Should Henderson win I don't see any real upside for the UFC or Henderson at all.
The two biggest losers in all of this? Demian Maia, of course, and Yushin Okami. When will these guys get their due? I understand that Okami has had a big layoff plagued by injuries so he probably needs at least one more win to get back int the picture. But Maia is the most deserving of anyone in the middleweight division right now with convincing wins over better competition than Bisping.
Obviously the UFC does what it wants to do for ratings' sake and I'm sure they'd love for Bisping to take on Anderson Silva in England, but when do the guys who have earned it get their shot?
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