UFC veteran and “Ultimate Fighter 3” winner Michael “The Count” Bisping came off a successful split-decision win over Thales Leites, Saturday July 18.
During the post-fight press conference Bisping went on a tirade about fighters who used testosterone replacement therapy, particularly Dan Henderson and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. Not only are Henderson and Belfort former TRT users – back when the practice of using it before fights was OK until the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned it – but also they handed Bisping two of his worst career defeats.
I think for Bisping, a rematch with either Belfort or Henderson is a good option
The Count faced Belfort in 2013 where the former UFC light heavyweight finished Bisping via TKO early in the second round in front of his home country of Brazil. It was a bad loss for Bisping, who has criticized Belfort for his past usage of TRT.
This match may have a chance of happening as Belfort mentioned the fight with Bisping on his Instagram account and said “if this guy in the pic (referring to Bisping) wants another kick, punch etc. I am in! Let’s shut their big mouth!”
Then there’s Henderson. The two squared off in 2009 at UFC 100 in a fight that started on the set of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” where the two coached opposing teams and ended when Henderson dropped Bisping with one of his patented powerful “H-Bombs.” Henderson snuck in another shot before the referee stopped the fight. In a post-fight interview, Henderson told Joe Rogan he threw in the extra punch to shut Bisping up.
Henderson was set to fight for the UFC middleweight title after the Bisping fight, but he left the octagon for greener pastures – a.k.a. the Strikeforce cage.
While Belfort’s win over Bisping gave the Phenom the first victory in a three-fight winning streak and eventually led him to challenge Chris Weidman for the 185-pound title, Henderson’s KO over the Count has been the subject of many highlight reels that MMA fans fondly remember.
It’s been several years since Henderson and Bisping fought each other. Although both men are late in their UFC careers, their names still carry value. While Bisping is riding a two-fight winning streak, Henderson is coming off a 28-second knockout over Tim Boetsch.
Henderson and Belfort would both make good opponents for Bisping’s next fight. It would give The Phenom a chance to reel from his loss against Weidman earlier in the year. For Henderson, a win over Bisping is still a credible victory.
As for Belfort, a win over either Henderson or Belfort may give him enough clout he needs to put him in a title eliminator bout and hopefully give him a chance to fight for something that has alluded him since he first stepped foot in the octagon – a UFC championship.