With just a few days to go before Michael Bisping defends his middleweight title against Dan Henderson, it’s about time we all refresh ourselves on why many MMA fans are hoping Henderson will re-create his UFC 100 super-starching of “The Count.”
From his antics on TUF to his past mistakes like spitting on a downed opponent’s corner to his reputation for being outspoken with his many opinions, Bisping is an easy target to be cast as a villain, especially in contrast to quintessential good-guy Henderson. He seems to be a good family man and quite a nice guy off camera, but he’s been painted in quite the villainous light on it. So it may not be all that hard to see why rooting for Henderson seems to feel so natural for so many MMA fans.
Nonetheless, we’ve singled out the most polarizing moments and will examine them here, with three for each side of the argument.
Three Reasons Fans Want Pull For Henderson
3. He’s Fought Everyone, Everywhere For Nearly 20 Years
At age 46, Henderson will be stepping into the Octagon for his 47th career fight. Of those battles he has won 32 with 18 finishes, including some of the most exciting knockouts in MMA history. In such a long-spanning career Henderson has faced some defeats. However, looking back on his record, the vast majority of his losses are to former champs and absolute legends.
He held two belts in Pride, was the last Light Heavyweight Champion of Strikeforce, and now has the opportunity to capture the one belt that has eluded him. It’s only fitting that a pioneer who has provided us with so many highlight-reel finishes in MMA’s modern-era and jaw-dropping memories from years past finds himself in a position to close out his career with a title shot against one of the sport’s most outspoken villains.