Dan Henderson is not happy with the results of his controversial five round unanimous decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping at UFC 204 on October 8 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Henderson felt that he had done enough to squeak out a narrow decision by winning the fight three rounds to two.
Henderson, 46, felt that he won rounds one, two and five. A lot of MMA fans felt the same way, as Henderson dropped the 37-year-old Bisping in both of the first two rounds, and then got a take down in the 5th. It should have been enough for Henderson to get the win, but the three judges saw it differently in giving the victory to Bisping.
The chances of a third fight between Henderson and Bisping it unlikely without UFC president Dana White blessing it. There’s a four-man tournament taking place right now to decide Bisping’s next opponent. The tournament won’t be done until early 2017. However, Bisping can’t fight right now anyway, as he’s serving a medical suspension due to the injuries he sustained in his win over Henderson.
The four-man middleweight tournament involves these fights: Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold vs. Ronaldo Souza. It would be nice if the UFC brass let Henderson get a third fight against Bisping to help clear up the controversy, because the results of their fight this month didn’t show who the MMA fans felt was the real winner in the fight.
Henderson said this to Champions.co about wanting a trilogy fight against Bisping:
“If this fight had happened last year, and I hadn’t decided to make it my retirement fight, the fans would have demanded a trilogy. Hell, I’m pretty pissed off right now, and for the right money, I’m pretty sure I could be talked into the rubber match, not that I think he would accept another invitation to get beat up again. At the same time, I’m content with what I’ve done and in knowing, if only in my heart, that I won that fight.”
The venue was always going to work against the 46-year-old Henderson with him facing Bisping in his home country in Manchester, England. If they’re going to have a third fight, then they need to have the match take place in a neutral venue. That’s obviously not going to happen. The UFC would likely take the fight where the most money is available in terms of huge crowds. Bisping is able to bring in large groups of people for his fights. Henderson would be stuck fighting Bisping in the UK again, and we could see the exact same thing happening as last time with Henderson losing another controversial decision if there’s no stoppage in the fight.
Henderson isn’t ranked in the top 15 in the UFC’s middleweight division. The other contenders might not like the idea of Henderson getting undeserving title shots over and over again while they sit and languish.