Michael Bisping to make first title defense against Dan Henderson
<p>A rematch between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson is currently in the works.</p>
<p>UFC president Dana White broke the news during the <a href="http://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/videos/video-dana-white-announces-michael-bisping-vs-dan-henderson/">UFC 200 post-fight show on Fox Sports 1</a> on Saturday night. He also revealed that the bout is projected to take place in Bisping’s hometown of Manchester, England. The pair faced each other for the first time nearly seven years ago at UFC 100 where Dan Henderson scored one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history over the current middleweight champion.</p>
<p>“We’re going to do Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping,” said White during the post-fight show. “It’s a fight that the champ wants, it’s a fight that the fans want and hopefully Manchester—we’re thinking about doing it in Manchester, England but that’s not signed yet.”</p>
<p>Bisping (29-7) won the middleweight title last month when he beat Luke Rockhold in their main event bout at UFC 199 in Los Angeles. Despite entering the fight as a +540 underdog, Bisping knocked out the champion midway through the opening round to win the belt in addition to a <em>Performance of the Night</em> bonus. Prior to that, the 25-UFC fight veteran scored a big win over all-time great Anderson Silva at UFC London in February where he won a unanimous decision in a <em>Fight of the Night </em>performance.</p>
<p>Dan Henderson (32-14) also fought at UFC 199 where he knocked out Hector Lombard in the second round with a head kick followed by punches to earn himself a post-fight bonus. The 48-year old MMA pioneer is 2-2 in his past four outings with the other victory being a 28-second finish of Tim Boetsch.</p>
<p>The official date and location of the bout have not yet been announced.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.