Opening odds: Bisping -230, Henderson +190. Over/Under u2.5-110
Current UFC 204 odds at Bookmaker.eu: Bisping -230, Henderson +190. Over/Under u2.5-130
UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (29-7, 16 KOs, 4 SUBs) will make his first title defense against nemesis Dan Henderson (32-14, 16 KOs, 2 SUBs) at UFC 204 on October, 8 2016 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester England. The main card will be televised on pay-per-view starting 9 p.m. ET.
The year is 2009. The place is Mandalay Bay Events Center in the Fight Capital of the world -- Las Vegas. It’s UFC 100, then the biggest event in the promotion’s history. Brash middleweight contender Michael Bisping and MMA legend Dan Henderson -- at 39 years old -- have engaged in a back-and-forth war of words spanning months, promoting their bout for a star-studded event that featured the likes of Brock Lesnar and Georges St. Pierre.
What happened next has been immortalized in UFC highlights, photoshop memes and even a clothing company logo. In the second round, Dan Henderson unleashed his patented “H-Bomb”, an overhand right that delivered an epic punchface photo and rendered Bisping instantly unconscious.
Henderson could have walked off, a la Mark Hunt, after that punch. Instead, he launched himself through the air to land a WWE-style flying forearm to the face of the incapacitated fighter, just to “shut him up a little.” The airborne silhouette of Henderson is now the logo of his clothing line.
Six years later, Michael Bisping is in possession of the one accolade that has eluded Henderson’s hall of fame career: the UFC championship belt. And win or lose, the 45-year old Hendo has stated that this would be his last fight. For the former olympic medalist and Pride champion, it’s the opportunity to ride off into the sunset in glorious fashion. For Bisping, it’s a long-awaited chance to avenge the most humiliating loss of his career.
As far as MMA storylines go, it doesn’t get much better than this. And while the rest of the card doesn’t have the drama of the main event, there are plenty of reasons to get excited.
Hollywood couldn’t have dreamt of a better script than the main event of this Saturday’s UFC 204. In the last fight of a storied career, MMA legend Dan Henderson will challenge archrival and middleweight champion Michael Bisping in an attempt to win the one award missing from his overflowing trophy case: a UFC title. Bisping gets the chance to avenge his most humiliating loss, while Hendo can ride off into the sunset. Continue...
Results: Bisping wins via Unanimous Decision.
Current odds: Mousasi -330, Belfort +270. Over/Under 1.5-130
Both men are high level strikers and talented submission artists to boot. There might not be a better one-round fighter than Belfort, whose patented first-round blitzes have ended many an opponent’s night early. Mousasi doesn’t quite have the knockout power that the Brazilian possesses, but is elite kickboxer that can pick apart fighters with ease.
At 39 years old and in a post-TRT world, we don’t know how much Belfort has left. Beating a top-10 opponent like Mousasi would make the case that he can still be a contender. But a loss like the beatdowns he suffered against Ronaldo Souza and Chris Weidman would prompt the calls for his retirement.
Two elite strikers with highly contrasting style will meet in the co-main event of this Saturday’s UFC 204. Vitor Belfort, one of the most ferocious Muay Thai artists in the sport’s history, will pit his savage brand of violence against Gegard Mousasi - a patient, highly technical kickboxer. For Mousasi, it’s an opportunity to finally cement his claim as a title contender. Continue...
Results: Mousasi wins via TKO Round 2.
Opening odds: St. Preux -165, Manuwa +140. Over/Under 1.5u-135
Manuwa is a fearsome headhunter with 13 KOs in his 15 career wins. Losses to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson indicate that the 36-year old isn’t a title contender yet, and the question is whether he can evolve to beat a well-rounded top-10 fighter like Ovince St. Preux.
OSP had the unfortunate task of welcoming Jon Jones back to the octagon, and he was of course outclassed by the 205-pound GOAT. But the former University of Tennessee linebacker has proved himself a mainstay in the light heavyweight rankings, and possesses knockout power of his own.
Former title challenger Ovince St. Preux isn’t generally regarded in the same tier as light heavyweight elites such as Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones or Anthony Johnson, but he’s still ranked No. 5 by the UFC. To maintain that status, he’ll have to beat knockout artist Jimi Manuwa - who will defend his home soil in Manchester, England. Continue...
Results: Manuwa wins via TKO Round 2.
Opening odds: Currently off the board
The heavyweight division is starving for new blood, and 29-year old Magomedov has yet to lose in three UFC fights. Granted, he hasn’t really faced anyone of note yet, but the matchup against Struve changes that. The 7’0” Struve has hung around the top-15 for years now, and his height always makes him an oddity worth watching.
Stefan Struve is favored against Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 204 on Saturday night in Manchester England. This fight is one of five on the main pay-per-view part of the UFC 204 card which features Michael Bisping going against Dan Henderson. Omielanczuk is a late replacement for Ruslan Magomedov who had to pull out of this fight due to a staph infection. Struve has won two of his last three bouts while Omielanczuk is unbeaten in his last three fights. Omielanczuk is listed as a 2-1 favorite to win this fight. Continue...
Results: Struve wins via Submission Round 2.
Opening odds: Currently off the board
A native of Russia, Albert Tumenov is flying below the radar as one of the most dangerous strikers in the division. His combinations are downright scary, and choosing to kickbox with him is usually a futile endeavor. Although he came up short against Gunnar Nelson in a “battle of the prospects” this past May, Tumenov will get a bounceback fight against a feisty Leon Edwards.
Results: Edwards wins via Submission Round 3.
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