There will never be a question of the heart of Michael Bisping.
After being knocked down twice by Dan Henderson’s patented “H-bomb,” Bisping rallied, claiming a decision and retaining his middleweight title Saturday night at UFC 204.
Nothing was easy for “The Count,” but it never is. The British fighter was left a bloody mess, but used his effective striking in the middle stages and early part of round No. 2 to walk away with the title still around his waist.
Henderson proved many wrong in the first and second rounds, landing his right-hand on the chin of “The Count” and dropping him both times. The offensive onslaught left Bisping bloody and likely with damage to his eye region after suffering a broken orbital bone a few years back.
Bisping rallied back in the third and the fourth, igniting the pro-British crowd. Late in the fifth and final round, though, Henderson resorted to his wrestling and earned a takedown.
In the co-main event, it was Gegard Mousasi getting the better of fellow veteran Vitor Belfort. After delivering a head-kick, Mousasi pounced, finishing Belfort in the second round and calling for a fight with Anderson Silva.
Jimi Manuwa delighted the pro-England crowd when he kncoked out Ovince Saint Preux in the second round after submission wins by Stefan Struve and Mirsad Bektic kicked off the main card.
Struve locked up a D’arce choke on Daniel Omielanczuk, while Bektic scored a rear-naked choke victory over Russell Doane.
On the prelims, Iuri Alcantara submitted Brad Pickett, Damian Stasiak did the same to Davey Grant, Leon Edwards choked out Albert Tumenov and Marc Diakiese claimed a TKO over Lukasz Sajewski.
The card opened with a split decision win by Leonardo Santos over Adriano Martins, while Mike Perry kept his finish streak intact with a third round knockout of Danny Roberts.
Complete results can be found below:
Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to remain UFC middleweight champion
Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 2
Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via KO (strike) at 2:38 of Round 2
Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission (D’arce choke) at 1:21 of Round 2
Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:22 of Round 1
Iuri Alcantara def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) at 1:59 of Round 1
Damian Stasiak def. Davey Grant via submission (armbar) at 3:56 of Round 3
Leon Edwards def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:01 of Round 3
Marc Diakiese def. Lukasz Sajewski via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 2
Mike Perry def. Danny Roberts via KO (knee) at 4:40 of Round 3
Leonardo Santos def. Adriano Martins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)