FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE 10/21: Henderson says he’s open to Bisping rubber match, Lesnar, Alpha Female, Jordan Parsons, Keri Melendez (w/Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 204 (photo credit Per Haljestam @ USA Today Sports)


Though he claimed it was his last fight, Dan Henderson appears to be mulling a potential return following his controversial loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 204.

In a recent blog post on, Henderson expressed his disappointment and anger with the decision. “I still haven’t reconciled myself with the scoring the judges put forth for my fight with Michael Bisping,” he said. “I’ll admit I’m pretty pissed about it. I was going to say frustrated, but that doesn’t quite cover the range of feelings I’ve got right now.”

Henderson also admitted that had he not said UFC 204 would be his last bout, he believes the fans would have clamored for a rematch. “If this fight had happened last year, and I hadn’t decided to make it my retirement fight, the fans would have demanded a rematch,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I could be talked into the rubber match, not that I think he would accept another invitation to get beat up again.”

Even though he still hasn’t come to terms with the outcome of the fight, Henderson reiterated that he is still happy with the performance he gave. “I’m content with what I’ve done and in knowing, if only in my heart, that I won that fight.”

Henderson retired after his UFC 204 bout ranked 11th in the UFC Middleweight Division with a record of 32-15.

Cervantes Analysis: As much as I enjoyed watching Henderson over the years, I believe he needs to stay retired. He has nothing left to prove and, even though the fight was close, it doesn’t warrant an immediate rematch. He also said he would demand a hefty amount from the UFC (said to be in the millions) and I doubt they would oblige him given that it isn’t a fight that has to happen again and would keep other more worthy contenders on the sidelines indefinitely.


-MMAJunkie has reports that the UFC and Antonio Silva have parted ways after mutually deciding not to renew his contract.

-The late Jordan Parsons became the first MMA fighter to be diagnosed with CTE posthumously by renowned expert Dr. Bennet Omalu, according to Bloody Elbow

-Brock Lesnar failed to disclose his eye medication and foot cream on his pre-fight questionnaire prior to UFC 200, according to MMAJunkie.

-Memphis Grizzlies’ NBA stars Mike Conley and Vince Carter were shown in the front row at tonight’s Bellator 162 event in Memphis, Tenn. at the FedEx Forum.

-Bellator has announced that the MMA debut of flyweight Keri Melendez will come against Sheila Padilla (2-0) during the main card of “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” in San Jose, Calif. at the SAP Center on Nov. 19. In addition, a lightweight bout pitting Carrington Banks (5-0) against Jake Roberts (7-0) has been added to the preliminary card. Bellator touts in their press release: “The queen of the infamous Skrap Pack in Northern California, Melendez made her first appearance in a victory during the kickboxing portion of ‘Bellator: Dynamite 1,’ and followed up with another win at ‘Dynamite 2.’ Melendez tallied a 4-1 amateur mark before taking her talents to the professional circuit, where she currently holds a 4-1 kickboxing record. The 32-year-old flyweight will now make the transition to MMA, an iteration of combat sports that her husband, Gilbert Melendez has plenty of success in. Living up to her promise of making her debut in 2016, Melendez will compete on the main card of ‘Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson’ at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Nov. 19.”

-Speaking of the debuts of female fighters with some name value, check out this video of the MMA debut of former Stardom and TNA pro wrestler “Alpha Female” Jazzy Gabert at the IFO Europe 3 event.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/21: Conor wants to get pictures taken with two UFC belts before one is taken (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/21: Conor wants to get pictures taken with two UFC belts before one is taken (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

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