Verbal agreements reportedly in place for Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson UFC Title bout in October

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Dan Henderson (photo credit Derick E. Hingle © USA Today Sports)

Michael Bisping’s first title defense is reportedly coming in October, as Globo in Brazil reports that verbal agreements are in place between Bisping and… Dan Henderson.

The 45-year-old Henderson will be receiving a new deal with the UFC if it indeed comes to pass, as his UFC 199 KO over Hector Lombard was the last on his previous deal. He’s just 2-3 in his last five fights, with all three losses coming by stoppage, but a UFC 100 win over Bisping was enough for the UFC to leap frog him over several more deserving contenders.

Bisping captured the UFC Middleweight Championship on that UFC 199 card last month, knocking out Luke Rockhold in a short notice title shot. That came after a February win over Anderson Silva in London, and he’ll now try to avenge his six year old loss to Henderson.

No set date or location is set for the bout, but contracts are expected to be signed within the next several weeks.

Penick’s Analysis: Ok then. I suppose I understand it, but I don’t like it, especially with him leap-frogging “Jacare” Souza. It’s ridiculous. Henderson could very well beat Bisping and capture that title despite getting brutally beaten in three of his last five fights. That’s a condemnation of Bisping as champion, sure, but it’s the truth. If Bisping wins, great, but Souza’s now getting pushed further back in line when he absolutely deserves a chance to fight for that title.

[Photo (c) Derek E. Hingle via USA Today Sports]

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