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White: Bisping to defend MW title against Henderson, maybe in Manchester

It appears that Michael Bisping's first UFC middleweight title defense will come against a ghost from his past.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Bisping is the UFC middleweight champion. No one saw that coming, but his KO of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 changed the entire landscape of his division and handed the UFC a true feel-good story. Bisping, the guy that always came up short, took his short-notice title shot and turned it into gold.

With that title comes the ability to name your opponents to a degree, and Bisping is apparently using it to try to avenge the most embarrassing moment of his career.

On the UFC 200 post-fight show on FS1, UFC president Dana White sat next to Bisping as he announced what is next for him:

"We’re going to do Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping. It’s a fight that the champ wants. It’s a fight that the fans want. We’re thinking about doing it in Manchester, England. But that’s not signed yet."

Henderson (32-14) is realistically nowhere near a title shot if we're looking at it from a sporting perspective - he's 3-6 in his last nine fights and just 2-2 since his return to middleweight. But he has two things going for him - one is that he knocked out Hector Lombard in spectacular fashion at UFC 199. The other is that he knocked out Bisping way back at UFC 100 in 2009.

The KO might be one of the greatest visuals in UFC history, and Bisping wants to erase it. While fighters like Ronaldo Souza, Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman, and Rockhold are definitely more deserving of the shot, the best fight from a money perspective is probably Hendo/Bisping.

So that's what we're going to get.

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