Michael Bisping addresses decision to fight Dan Henderson in first UFC Title defense

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Michael Bisping (photo credit Jake Roth © USA Today Sports)

“The ‘easy’ fight from the guy that knocked me out in 2009, which is the most memorable knockout in UFC history. The knockout of which is still emblazoned on Dan Henderson’s shorts and banners and everything. Every time I go on Twitter and somebody wants to talk trash, they send an image of me laid unconscious. Why did I choose a rematch for this fight? I don’t get it, I don’t understand. Why would I want to avenge the most devastating knockout in UFC history? I just don’t know why I would do that… 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.”

-Dan Henderson explains why he’s fighting Dan Henderson in his first UFC Middleweight Title defense during Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 91 broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (via FoxSports.com).

Penick’s Analysis: It’s a no brainer for Bisping. It’s obviously an opportunity Henderson couldn’t pass up. Where things break down is in the UFC actually being willing to book the fight. Much like with CM Punk getting an opportunity to fight in the UFC, the fault lies not with the fighter for taking an opportunity, but on the UFC for making it happen. Bisping should be fighting “Jacare” Souza, and though they may not be going anywhere, the division is taking a break to placate two men. The UFC’s fine with it, and it makes plenty of sense for Bisping, so there we are.

[Photo (c) Jake Roth via USA Today Sports]

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