MANCHESTER, England (October 8, 2016)— Live from the Manchester Arena in the UK the UFC came back across the pound with a stacked card headlined by the middleweight champion of the world and hometown hero Michael Bisping defending his title against MMA legend Dan Henderson. A rematch from UFC100, Bisping looked to not only defend his title in front of his hometown fans but to get revenge on the man that knocked him out cold 7 years ago. Henderson has been champion all around the world in all the MMA organizations and all that’s left is the UFC gold. Henderson has made it very clear that this will be the last fight in his career, and the legend is looking to repeat history and go out on top. The champion looks to write his own history by sending Henderson on his way with a defeat. In the co main event a middleweight showdown between two MMA legends and bitter rivals, Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi are both looking to make one more run to get a crack at the belt and what better way to end this rivalry by having a title elimination fight in the co main event. Also on the card a huge light heavyweight fight between Ovince Saint Preux and Kimi Manuwa, OSP coming off a lost to Jon Jones is looking to rebound and get back to his winning ways. As for Manuwa a win over OSP could shoot him back up the rankings and possibly earn him a top 5 opponent in his next fight. A heavyweight battle between Stefan Struve and Daniel Omielanczuk, bantamweights clash asBrad pickett takes on Luri Alcantara. A big welterweight showdown between Leon Edwards and Albert Tumenov, and in the welterweight division The Blackzilians Danny Roberts took on the undefeated Mike Perry. All the action from the UK kicks off on the UFC Fight Pass!!
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!!
In the first fight of the night we kick things off in the lightweight division as Leonardo Santos (15-4-1) took on Adriano Martins (28-7), the night gets kicked off with are first decision, as the fight did come down to the wire but it was Santos that was able to utilizes his striking game to seal the deal. Winner: Leonardo Santos (16-4-1) by Split Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Looser: Adriano Martins (28-7). Next up in the welterweight division it was two upcoming fighters that took center stage as The Blackzilians Danny ‘Hot Chocolate” Roberts (13-1) took on the undefeated Mike Perry (8-0), what a war, these two went toe to toe and in a round he was losing Mike Perry gets the job done and earns the finish in round 3. Winner: Mike Perrry (9-0) by TKO Round 3. – Looser: Danny Roberts (13-2). As the prelims switches over to FS1 we get things kicked off in the lightweight division as Lukasz Sajewski (13-2) took on the undefeated Marc Diaklese (9-0), it didn’t take long for Diaklese to establish his dominance as he earned the 2nd round finish. Winner: Marc Diaklese (10-0) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Lukasz Sajewski (13-3). we roll on we head stay in the welterweight division as Leon Edwards (11-3) took on #14 Albert Tumenov (17-3), Leon Edwards brought out his A game as he new that a finish over Tumenov was a must and when the submission was sunk in that was all she wrote. Winner: Leon Edwards (12-3) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3. – Looser: Albert Tumenov (17-4). Next up in the bantamweight division it was Davey Grant (10-2) taking on Damien Stasiak (9-3), what a performance by Damien Stasiak as a strong ground game helps sink in the arm bar and that’s all she wrote. Winner: Damien Stasiak (10-3) by Submission (Arm Bar) Round 3.- Looser: Davey Grant (10-3). Next up the prelim headline fight in the bantamweight division as Brad Pickett (26-11) took on Luri Alcantara (32-7), what a performance by Luri Alcantara. From start to finish Alcantara pushed the pace and Pickett never stood a chance, a strong ground game set up the submission and that’s all she wrote. Winner: Luri Alcantara (33-7) by Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1. – Looser: Brad Pickett (26-12).
The main card kicks off in the featherweight division as top undefeated prospect #15 Mirsad Bektic (10-0) took on Russell Doane (14-6), it didn’t take long for the young Phenom to get the job done as he dominates Doane to earnt the 1st round finish. Winner: Mirsad Belktic (11-0) by (Rear Naked Choke). – Looser: Russell Doane (14-7). Alright we head to the heavyweight division as #12 Stefan Struve (31-8) took on #14 Daniel Omielanczuk (19-5-1), from start to finish the sky scraper utilised his size and dominated the fight. As hard as Omielanczuk tried he couldn’t get passed the length. Struve sunk in the choke and that was all she wrote. Winner: Stefan Struve (32-8) by Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2. – Looser: Daniel Omielanczuk (19-6-1). Next up light heavyweight war between #5 Ovince St Preux (19-8) and #8 Jimi Manuwa (15-2), a war of hands it was. OSP had many chances to put this fight away but Jimi Manuwa hurt OSP with a body shot then connected for a devastating KO to seal the deal. WOW what a finish. Winner: Jimi Manuwa (16-2) by KO Round 2. – Looser: Ovince Saint Preux (19-9). In the co main event we head to the middleweight division as two legends of the sport who do not like each other at all go head to head. #5 Vitor Belfort (25-12) trying to get back to his winning ways, took on #9 Gegard Mousasi (39-6-2), a beautiful performance from Mousasi as he pressed the pressure in round one and then poured it on in round two to get the stoppage. Winner: Gegard Mousasi (40-6-2) by TKO Round 2. – Looser: Vitor Belfort (25-13).
Main Event Middleweight Championship
C. Michael Bisping (30-7) Vs #13 Dan Henderson (32-14)
7 years ago at UFC100 a young Michael Bisping was put to sleep by the MMA legend Dan Henderson. 7 years later Bisping is the champion and it looking to send Henderson on his way with a KO finish. Even though this Henderson’s last fight he was determined to go out on top. Bisping will do whatever it takes to show that history will not repeat itself. Henderson Bisping 2. Let’s jump into round 1 after a very slow start Henderson started to work a jab that was working the eye of the champion. Before you know it boom the big Hendo H bomb lands and the champion goes down. After some failed ground and pound Bisping gets back to his feet with a busted up eye. The round comes to an end and the champion doesn’t seem to fazed. Into the 2nd and Henderson already looks gassed and the champion starts to turn it on. Just when the fighters start to slow it down Bisping comes with a fury that hurts Henderson but the legend that he is recuperates and lands another big right hand that floors the champion. As the 2dn comes to and end the champion has been rocked twice and finds himself behind. The 3rd begins and the champion seems to have gotten his composure back as he is starting to land a lot more combos that have Henderson gasping for air. Bisping controlled the whole round and had Henderson gassed and pulling away. Into the 4th the championship rounds we go The champion continues to press the action and it is very clear that he has gained back his strength. Henderson on the other hand continued to fade as the punches are coming less and less. As the 4th wore on Henderson started to land a little more volume of strikes, but the speed of Bisping has him landing strikes and stealing points to get the rounds. It’s the 5th and final round and its next to dead even on the score card. Into the 5th Henderson throws a couple combos and its clear he’s looking for the finish but the champion has an answer for everything that is being thrown his way. Hendo works in a big shot that lands but Bisping responds right back. They work to the center and Henderson lands a takedown, but again the champion works his way back to his feet. Henderson goes for another takedown but its stuffed. Less than a minute to go Bisping throws a flying Knee, Hendo throws a rolling kick and that is all she wrote. These two warriors go the distant in a very close fight. Henderson had multiple chance to finish the fight, but the heart of the champion kept pounding and before you know it he was right back in the fight. At the end of the night it was Bisping that was able to edge out Henderson and retain his title in front of his hometown. Henderson gave it all he had and was that close to gaining the one title that has escaped him. But nothing short of a great career, one of the best ever. Congrats Henderson a beautiful performance.
Winner: ANDSTILL Middleweight Champion of The World Michael Bisping (31-7) by Unanimous Decision (48-47,48-47,49-46)
Looser: Dan Henderson (32-15)
No Better way to go out for Dan Henderson in his last fight he fought for the greatest title in the sport and came close but at the end of the day nothing but class for the legend himself. Everyone will always fear the H-BOMB!!!
By: Rick San Bartolome
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