MMA Forethought: UFC 204
By Edward Carbajal
Michael Bisping (29-7) wants to avenge his highlight reel knockout loss at UFC 204 that he suffered the last time he faced Dan Henderson (32-14). Henderson has made it clear this is his last fight in his career and he would like to end it with a title win. Never mind the rankings for UFC 204; this fight is all about the glory of combat sports.
Frontproof Media will attempt to give some forethought on how this bout can turn out. Any fight can end with one punch like the last time they met, but neither man is the same fight they were back then. Taking that into account and the fact that Henderson will retire after UFC 204 this is what the team thinks will happen at the main event of UFC 204:
My pick is Henderson. I think he has the mental edge being that he finished Bisping brutally the first time. Despite his age, he is never to be counted out because he always seems to rise to the occasion. –Joseph Correa
Michael Bisping has taken a lot of beatings since the last time they fought, and he seems to keep coming until someone shuts him off by submission or knock out. He fights a lot smarter since the last time they faced each other and winning the title on short notice probably adds additional determination to avenge that knock out.
Henderson has made it know, win or lose…he will retire after UFC 204 and nothing would be more poetic than winning a UFC title in his final fight. With how both fighters have evolved and have at stake it really is either man’s fight. But, Henderson has surprised more times than not, and for that reason alone I pick Henderson by KO. –Edward Carbajal
In the rematch between Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping there are many factors that sway my decision on who will win. My first thought is that Henderson has been a favorite of mine for years. I would like to see him win and ride off into the sunset to retire as a world champion.
Henderson, however, may not be the same fighter he was when he first faced Bisping and scored that epic knockout. It seems Bisping has gotten better over the last few years, especially after defeating Anderson Silva and Luck Rockhold. My head says that Bisping will be cautious and not look to trade with Henderson. Although after saying that, I am still going to go with Henderson in the rematch to once again stop Bisping. Sometimes a guy just has your number. My pick is Henderson via KO in round two. –Mr. Hector Franco
Predictions in the fight game come down to some very lucky guesses. If you look at how Bisping won his title on short notice or how Henderson finished Lombard with a head-kick elbow combination he has never thrown before, it truly is anyone’s fight, and worth watching.