Although no date or venue has been announced, it's expected that newly minted UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will defend the title against Dan Henderson.
Bisping, who fought 'Hendo' in 2009 at UFC 100, was knocked out in the second round by a devastating right hand followed by a flying elbow. The two rivals went at it for weeks on The Ultimate Fighter, and the KO is largely considered one of the most memorable in UFC history.
'The Count' explained on last night's UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker analysis show how the loss still affects him today and why that was instrumental in his decision to accept a rematch.
"The easy fight from the guy that knocked me out in 2009, which is the most memorable knockout in UFC history," Bisping said when asked by a fan why he accepted an 'easy' fight with 'old' Henderson. "The knockout of which is still emblazoned on Dan Henderson's shorts and banners and everything. And every time I go on Twitter and someone wants to talk trash, they send an image of me led unconscious."
Michael Bisping on why he's fighting Dan Henderson pic.twitter.com/jXZ1gbYkI4— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) July 14, 2016
The rematch has elicited controversy from the MMA community, with many fans split on whether the fight should go ahead. Bisping, who knocked out Luke Rockhold in a stunning upset at UFC 199, says the bout makes all the sense in the world.
"Why would I want to avenge the most devastating knockout in UFC history? I just don't know why I would do that", a sarcastic Bisping said. "Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Jacare - they're going nowhere. Dan Henderson is on the verge of retiring; he said one more fight. So, Dan Henderson, put your big boy pants on, fly over to Manchester and I'll see you in the Octagon my friend."
While Bisping is riding a four-fight win streak and holds UFC gold, Henderson launched another devastating KO against Hector Lombard at UFC 199. The 45-year-old is 3-3 in his last six and is largely considered one of the biggest legends in the sport.
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson II, which is expected to take place later this year, is likely to be formally announced in the coming weeks.