Bisping takes on reliable Henderson
Preview by Brady Crytzer
After a long, hard season of battles on The Ultimate Fighter 10, Team USA coach Dan Henderson and Team UK coach Michael Bisping prepare to do battle at UFC 100 on Saturday, July 11th. Although Team UK walked away victorious at both the lightweight and welterweight limit, many believe that the true winner of the Trans-Atlantic battle will be determined in this electric middleweight co-feature.
Striking: Although these two fighters come from very different backgrounds, the striking portion of this bout should (and will) keep the crowd on their feet for all three rounds. Although he is a former Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling, Henderson has made a lot of noise thanks to the thunder that lives in his right hand. Although he hasn’t delivered any KO’s since his return to the Octagon, Henderson’s history will ensure that Bisping’s hands stay high for all fifteen minutes. Despite the natural power of Henderson, Bisping will have the edge in this bout due to accuracy and comfort on the feet.
Henderson does carry the one punch KO power in this fight, but Bisping has proven in the past that he can hurt almost any opponent with one punch and finish them with a TKO-producing flurry. In fact, he has almost made a habit of it.
Grappling: Makes no mistake about it, if this fight goes to the floor “The Count” will be staring at the lights. Henderson is a world class wrestler that can take down anyone in the middleweight division. Bisping has shown some submission skills off of his back but offers nothing that Henderson hasn’t seen before.
Henderson will command the grappling in this three round contest. Although he is slowly approaching 40, Henderson will have no trouble working from the top position for the entirety of the fight.
How They Match Up
Dan will be Dan. While this could be seen as a blessing, it may also be a curse. Dan Henderson has approached every fight in his professional career with a consistency that most fighters can only dream of. If Bisping comes into the biggest fight of his career feeling flat he will surely lose this fight.
But, in lieu of his ever improving previous performances at the 185 lb. limit, a Bisping victory appears imminent.
Henderson will perform, but he lacks the dynamic spark that Bisping has appeared to have since his first professional bout.
Look for Bisping to take this bout in a close decision and expect him to lose a round to the reliable Henderson.