Can Dan Henderson Take His TUF Frustrations Out on Michael Bisping?

Matt MelbyeCorrespondent IJune 27, 2009

UFC 100 brings us the best fight card seen in recent memory. Two title fights headline this event, followed by a clash of The Ultimate Fighter season nine coaches. We also get to see the likes of Mark Coleman, Jon Fitch, Paulo Thiago, and Jon Jones, to name a few. But I would like to take an in-depth look at the Bisping and Henderson fight.

For the first time, TUF decided to have two countries battle each other, team U.S. versus team U.K. U.K. coach Michael Bisping lead three of his fighters to the finals, while U.S. coach Dan Henderson had one of his guys in the final. The U.K. took both finals and won the show. Now Henderson has the chance to take his frustrations out on the U.K. coach.


Dan Henderson (24-7) is a former USA olympian wrestler. His Greco-Roman style matched with great boxing makes him dangerous where ever the fight goes. Henderson once held two belts in the Pride Fighting Championships.

He won the Bushido welterweight tournament in 2005, and with wins over Wanderlei Silva, Minotauro Nogeuira, and Renzo Gracie, he already has a Hall-of-Fame resume.

Hendo recently defeated the dangerous ground fighter Rousimar Palhares and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Henderson looks to throw that right-handed bomb of his, but can definitely win in a lot of different ways.


Michael Bisping (17-1) was The Ultimate Fighter of season three. He has kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Ju-Jitsu in his arsenal. Bisping has defeated Matt Hamill, Chris Leben, and Jason Day.

The only loss came to former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans. Henderson will be one of his biggest tests, just like Evans was. Bisping likes to stick to a smart game-plan and not take too many chances. He is a counter-fighter and will frustrate his opponents at times, in a way like Lyota Machida.

I believe Henderson will push the pace of this fight. Bisping is going to sit back and look for openings with his reach advantage. As of late, Hendo has done a great job adapting to his opponent's game-plan. The same old trick will not work this time for Bisping.

If he wants to win this fight he will need to be more aggressive than he has been in the past. I see Bisping using the clinch a whole lot when Dan throws a combo. Then just pushing back off and trying the counter game again.

Henderson might try to take it to the ground if he feels Bisping is neutralizing the stand up fight. From there Hendo will inflict his ground and pound and control rounds. My prediction is Henderson via Unanimous Decision.


The winner of this fight will get a title shot. Hendo has already lost to Anderson Silva, so he will have motivation to redeem himself. That would still be a great fight the second time around.

A middleweight title would cement his Hall-of-Fame status. For Bisping, he would surprise the UFC world with a win here against Hendo and would still be a big underdog against Silva. But, like Forrest Griffin, Bisping seems to find a way to win fights against all odds.

I have all the confidence in the world that this fight will not disappoint!