UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping finally made it to the top of the stack at UFC 199, claiming the belt from his bitter rival Luke Rockhold in dominant fashion. Avenging his 2014 loss to ‘Rocky,’ the English 10-year UFC veteran placed a precise flurry of punches to the jaw of Rockhold, sending him to the canvas with his eyes rolling in the back of his head. Quite the finish from Bisping, and a dream come true after so many losses in title contender fights.
‘The Count’ had said that taking the fight with Rockhold on short notice would actually benefit rather than hinder his progress at UFC 199, but few believed that would be the case. As it turns out, not ‘over thinking’ and ‘over training’ really paid off, and now the British banger is enjoying the spoils of the coveted title.
But there’s unfinished business in many forms for the new 185-pound champion. Firstly, the feud with Rockhold is far from over. They shared a hate-filled post-fight press conference on June 4, where Bisping took every opportunity to belittle and mock his fallen opponent. It was bitter-sweet in many ways, as following their first fight Rockhold was far more respectful, but at the least you can say ‘The Count’ is no boring champ.
But his trash talking did land Bisping in a very compromising position in the past against Dan Henderson. The two had served as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter reality show, where the outspoken Englishman really got under the skin of the American MMA hero. The resulting knockout win for ‘Hendo’ at UFC 100 will go down as one of the greatest and most replayed finishes in the promotion’s history.
Few can forget that iconic snapshot in time, a moment where Henderson put to rest the beef with Bisping in front of a jubilant partisan crowd. Among those who haven’t forgotten is Bisping himself, and he recently stated he’d love to get the rematch with ‘Hendo’ as his first title defense, and as Henderson’s retirement fight.
But now he’s taken it a step further, totally blasting his old foe in an explicit tirade during this recent interview.