SATURDAY,OCTOBER 08, 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
UFC 204: Bisping vs Henderson
Two old-school pros head up UFC 204. Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson lock horns in the main event, a championship fight for Bisping’s belt. UFC 204 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Manchester in the United Kingdom. Before getting into the main event, let’s take a look at a few of the other fights on the UFC 204 card.
#12 RuslanMagomedov, 14-1, battles #13 Stefan Struve, 31-8, in what should be an exciting fight. Magomedov could continue to show that he’s ready for the big time by taking down a well-known fighter like Struve. What could really be interesting in this fight is how Magomedov counters Struve’s excellent submission ability. Will Magomedov mix it up with Struve on the canvas?
#5 ranked Ovince St. Preaux, 19-8, battles #5 ranked Jimi Manuwa at UFC 204. St. Preaux was last seen losing to Jon Henderson at UFC 197 in April. St. Preaux could be in line for another title shot should he beat Manuwa convincingly on Oct. 8. Manuwa has a ton of striking power. 87% of his 15 wins have come via knockout or technical knockout. St. Preaux will try to get the fight to the ground as soon as possible. Manuwa is going to want to get into a stand-up brawl.
#8 ranked Gegard Mousasi takes on #5 ranked Vitor Belfort in the Octagon at UFC 204. Mousasi, at 39-6-2, is as experienced as the well-known Belfort. Mousasi has been fighting for years. This is without question Mousasi’s most high-profile fight of his career. Belfort is 25 and 12. He remains one of the most respected fighters at UFC. Belfort has beaten Dan Henderson twice while losing once to Ronaldo Souza and once to Chris Weidman in his last 4 fights. A big win over Mousasi could put Belfort into title fight territory.
The main event features two popular fighters in Dan Henderson, 32-14, and Michael Bisping, 30-7.Bisping, the champion, fights in front of his countrymen and countrywomen in Manchester, UK. Henderson should be up against it in this battle. Hendo lost to Gegard Mousasi in 2015. He lost to Vitor Belfort in 2015 as well. Hendo’s prep for this, a Round 2 KO win over Hector Lombard was nice. But taking on Bisping is a huge step up for Hendo.
Bisping was a slight dog in his last fight versus Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. He beat Rockhold via Round 1 KO. If Hendo isn’t at the top of his game, Bisping could make short work of him as well. UFC 204 is yet another example of how the fighting outfit is taking over the world. Don’t miss it when Michael Bisping welcomes Dan Henderson to his home of Manchester, UK for UFC 204!
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
UFC 204 only had two fights go the distance. Leo Santos vs. Adriano Martins opened the event with a horrible fight, then Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson proved to be incredibly dramatic. Bisping survived the H-Bomb not once, but twice! Henderson had him badly hurt and dropped in rounds 1 and 2, but Bisping was able to weather the storm and beat Henderson just on sheer volume, which is typical of many of Michael Bisping’s wins.
That really was edge-of-your-seat type action. I really couldn’t believe Henderson was unable to finish Bisping in the 1st round. Bisping looked completely out of it and Henderson busted his face open with hard elbows following the knockdown. Round 2 will be a big talking point for many, as Bisping was clearly outstriking Hendo, but Hendo got the knockdown (followed by 1 minute of zero offense from top control) that may have swayed some to score the round for Dan. Rounds 4 and 5 (edit: I said 3, I typo’d) were close but overall I had it 48-47 Bisping, including giving Michael round 2 despite the knockdown. This isn’t boxing where you automatically give the fighter with the knockdown the round.
Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi
Belfort’s time at the top of the division appeared to be at an end. Physically, "The Phenom" looks deflated, and his recent performances have inspired little confidence. Still, the former champion’s power is undeniable, and he was looking to find a home for his left last night. Mousasi has been asking for this bout for years, claiming Belfort has zero interest in fighting "Dreamcatcher." Whether that’s true or not, Mousasi finally had the chance to make good on his promise to beat up Belfort, as well as take another step up the divisional ladder.
Mousasi pressured his opponent immediately, placing Belfort’s back on the fence. From that position, Mousasi kicked quite a bit, landing lots of blows to the legs and body of his opponent.
Belfort countered reasonably well and looked quick, but he threw far too little. Mousasi landed far more than his opponent, and his jab and combinations were beginning to find a home by the second half of the round.
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa
Good left hook by Manuwa in the first 30 seconds of round 2, followed by a hard body kick. OSP shot for a takedown, then Manuwa sprawled and had a headlock. Manuwa avoided getting taken down in the clinch and returned to striking with his foe. Two left hooks to the body by Manuwa landed, as did a leg kick. Flying knee attempt by Manuwa didn't find a home but OSP was being soundly outstruck in the first half of round 2. Big body shot and a right hand dropped OSP, who got back up but was in big trouble. Massive left hook by Manuwa crushed OSP and he went out cold. What a spectacular finish by Manuwa.
Official result: Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via KO (punches) at 2:38 of round 2
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Stefan Struve
Struve took down Daniel Omielańczuk, a late replacement for injured Ruslan Magomedov, on multiple occasions, and finished him with a D’Arce choke at the 1:41 mark of the second round.
“He’s tough, he’s strong, he was never finished until now,” Struve said. “It didn’t feel great, but I got it done.”
The loss at UFC 204 snaps a three-fight winning streak for Omielańczuk and Struve was in control from the outset. After mild success on the feet, Struve moved in for the takedown midway through the first round. Omielańczuk got to his feet quickly after the first takedown, but Struve was relentless, quickly sending Omielańczuk back to the floor where he asserted his dominance. Struve took Omielańczuk’s and then briefly went to full mount before finishing the round on Omielańczuk’s back yet again.
Stefan Struve defeats Daniel Omielańczuk via submission.
Leonardo Santos vs. Adriano Martins
Round two begins and Santos throws a body kick that is caught by Martins. The fighters trade leg kicks. Both men are searching for an opening. Martins presses forward with a leg kick. He lands another and then another. Santos is struggling to find his range. He misses with a front kick upstairs. Martins lands a jab and circles away. Santos catches him with a hard leg kick. Both men score with low kicks. Santos misses with a jab and then eats a leg kick. He presses forward and lands a jab on Martins. Santos goes upstairs with a high kick but it is blocked. Martins returns fire with a jab to the body but eats a leg kick for his troubles. One minute remains and Santos lands a nice kick to the body. Martins presses forward with a jab but does not throw anything behind it. He misses with a low kick and Santos again goes upstairs with a high kick. Santos circles and lands a good kick to the body of Martins. Round two comes to an end.
Leonardo Santos defeats Adriano Martins via split-decision
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.