Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to pay-per-view (PPV) TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 8, 2016) with its newly-crowned middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, looking to defend his title for the first time ever in front of a proud hometown crowd against longtime division nemesis, Dan Henderson, in the main event of UFC 204, which takes place inside Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
That's not all.
Middleweight strikers Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi will try to slowly regain some lost ground in the 185-pound division -- at the expense of one another -- in the UFC 204 co-main event. Shortly before that bangfest, local hero Jimi Manuwa will trade leather with Ovince Saint Preux, with the winner moving on to bigger and better opportunities at 205 pounds.
All that and much, much more!
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 204 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after "Bisping vs. Henderson 2." Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 204 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 204 QUICK RESULTS:
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson -- Bisping def. Henderson by unanimous decision (48-47 x2, 49-46)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort -- Mousasi def. Belfort by TKO (punches) at 2:43 of Round Two
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa -- Manuwa def. Saint Preux by KO (punch) at 2:38 of Round Two
Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk -- Struve def. Omielanczuk by submission (d'arce choke) at 1:41 of Round Two
Mirsad Bektic vs. Russell Doane -- Bektic def. Doane by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:22 of Round One
Brad Pickett vs. Iuri Alcantara -- Alcantara def. Pickett by submission (triangle choke) at 1:59 of Round One
Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak -- Stasiak def. Grant by submission (armbar) at 3:56 of Round Three
Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov -- Edwards def. Tumenov by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:01 of Round Three
Marc Diakiese vs. Lukasz Sajewski -- Diakiese def. Sajewski by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:40 of Round Two
Mike Perry vs. Danny Roberts -- Perry def. Roberts by KO (knee and punches) at 4:40 of Round Three
Adriano Martins vs. Leonardo Santos -- Santos def. Martins by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
UFC 204 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
185 lbs.: Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
Round 1: Bipsing fires a left high kick early. Low kick from Henderson. One minute in. Jab from Henderson connects. Henderson low kick. Henderson falls just short with a counter right. Low kick connects. Bisping looks for a combination. Two minutes in. Again, Bisping looks for the head kick. Low kick connects. Henderson fakes a takedown attempt, misses with a straight right. Two minutes to go.
Jabs from Bisping, who avoids the counter right. Henderson lands his first right of the fight. Overhand just misses. One minute to go. Cross counter from Henderson. Counter right and down goes Bisping! Henderson bashing away with punches and elbows. Bisping makes it to his feet, a bloody wreck, and separates. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 2: Bisping moving forward, looking for straight punches. Henderson right hand falls short. Low kick lands for the champ. One minute in. Left hook lands for Bisping, straight right lands soon after. Big right hand whiffs. Bisping much busier this round with straight rights. Two minutes in. Head kick knocks Henderson back. Counter right connects for Henderson. Bisping controlling these engagements thus far, walking Henderson down and staying busy with right hands and left high kicks. Two minutes to go.
Bisping steps in with a knee to the head. Sharp right cross from Bisping and Hendo's hurt. Bisping on the attack. Out of nowhere, Henderson comes back with a booming right hand that sends Bisping to the canvas once again. One minute to go. Bisping ties him up in guard. 10-9 Bisping.
Round 3: Bisping's left eye is a puffed-up mess. But he still looks like the fresher of the two and he's still pressing forward. Bisping lands a triple jab and a right behind it. Check hook from Henderson. One minute in. Right cross lands for the champion. Inside lg kick. Bisping with a combination that dings Henderson. Two minutes in. Henderson loading up for the one big bomb, not doing much to stop Bisping's forward motion thus far. Bisping low kick and head kick attempt. Two minutes to go.
Henderson dings him with another right hand and a low kick behind it. He fakes a takedown attempt. Bisping lands a right hand. Body kick connects. Another big right by Henderson and he shoots in behind it. Bisping shrugs it off. One minute to go. Swiping right slips behind Henderson's guard. Henderson is definitely fading. Right uppercut by Bisping on the counter. Counter right lands for Henderson, BIsping takes it well. Brazilian kick attempt form Bisping before the bell. 10-9 Bisping.
Round 4: Brazilian kick from Bisping connects. Low kick from Hendo. Bisping continuing his cautious advance. One minute in. Counter right from Henderson, Bisping waves him on and jaws at him. Two minutes in. Body kick from Henderson. Bisping low kick hits groin. Henderson taking his time to recover while Bisping taunts him. Back to the action. Bisping goes back to throwing long punches at Henderson, who runs in with a low kick. Two minutes to go.
Oblique kick from the champion. Body kick by Henderson. Overhand right whiffs. Counter right from Bisping. One minute to go. Bisping lands a leg kick. Bisping keeping him at range with those kicks and jabs. Head kick attempt. Henderson lands a knee that draws a nod before the bell. 10-9 Bisping.
Round 5: Bisping calm as ever, stalking forward. Wheel kick falls short, knee from Henderson off a missed right hand. Henderson rushes, another knee in the clinch. One minute in. Low kick and jab from Bisping. Cuffing right hand. Hendo's right hand falls short. Two minutes in. Bisping tries a high kick. Henderson whiffs, Bisping comes back with a combination. Body kick lands. They trade and Bisping lands a left hook. Two minutes to go.
Counter uppercut from Bisping, over hand right by Henderson. Hendo hits a knee tap and looks for the back. Bisping works his way up and separates. One minute to go. Bisping tries a Brazilian kick. Hendo shoots, stuffed. Bisping jumps in with a knee. Henderson tries a somersault kick of all things before the bell. 10-9 Bisping.
Final result: Bisping def. Henderson by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort
Round 1: Low kick from Mousasi to start, then a head kick attempt. Left hands from Belfort, who runs into a right hand as he charges. He backs off. Belfort body kick, Mousasi jab. One minute in. 1-2 by Gegard. Mousasi flashes a jab and shoots, Vitor stuffs it and lands a knee on the exit. Belfort to the body. Two minutes in. Belfort tries to go high. Counter left form Belfort just misses. Two minutes to go.
Mousasi continues his patient advance. Jabs from Mousasi, body kick. Nice jab hits home. Left hand from Vitor. 3-2 by Mousasi, one minute to go. Hard 2-1 from Mousasi and he shoots in. Knee on the exit. He scores a takedown at the bell. 10-9 Mousasi.
Round 2: Jabs from Mousasi. He eats a body kick, answers with a hard right cross. One minute in. Mousasi shoots, Vitor denies it. More jabs from Mousasi. High kick and he opens up with punches, clobbering "The Phenom" with a vicious flurry. He can't get the finish, but he does get the takedown into guard. Ground-and-pound from Mousasi, who easily passes to mount. Mousasi steadily battering the Brazilian, who turns away and forces the referee into action.
Final result: Mousasi def. Belfort by TKO (punches)
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa
Round 1: OSP fires an early body kick. Low kick by Manuwa, body kick blocked. Manuwa changes levels as OSP advances but gets hauled to the fence. Knees to the body from OSP, one minute in. Manuwa answers in kind. OSP avoids a knee on the exit. Body kick lands for OSP and slips out of a bodylock. Manuwa puts him on the fence. Good knees by the Brit before they separate. Two minutes in. Manuwa ducks down as OSP advances and OSP looks for a guillotine. He can't get it but he does hit a takedown, looking for the back.Two minutes to go.
Manuwa returns to his feet and snags an arm-in guillotine when OSP shoots in again. OSP gets his head out and again looks for the back. One minute to go. One hook in for the former Volunteer. Manuwa makes it up and separates before the bell. 10-9 St. Preux.
Round 2: Body kick from OSP, then leg kicks. Left hand from OSP met by a two-piece combo. Manuwa advancing, sprawls on a takedown. OSP drives through and takes him to the fence. Manuwa separates and lands a left hook, then whiffs on a spinning back fist. Straight right lands, one minute in. OSP looks tired. Body kick from OSP, head kick attempt from Manuwa. Low kick from the Brit. Manuwa rips to the body. Manuwa with a straight right and jumping knee. Two minutes in. OSP is clearly flagging. Another body shot by Manuwa and a straight right nearly drops OSP. There's no "nearly" about the next left hook, which knocks St. Preux out cold near the fence. Jimi Manuwa gets his first true knockout in the UFC.
Final result: Manuwa def. Saint Preux by KO (punch)
265 lbs.: Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Round 1: Low kick from Omielanczuk. Front kick from Struve, who retreats as the much shorter Pole chases him with punches. Low kick again from Omielanczuk, then a glancing overhand left. Right hook to the body, one minute in. Left hand lands for Omielanczuk. Struve with a knee and straight right. Head kick attempt, Omielanczuk comes back with a low kick. Combination connects for the Pole. Two minutes in. Struve head kick and right hand met by an overhand left. Omielanczuk ties up but Struve gets the brief takedown. Omielanczuk pops back up, but Struve hits another takedown into half guard. Two minutes to go.
Not much ground-and-pound from the big Dutchman, but he takes mount and then the back. One minute to go. Omielanczuk turns, Struve retakes mount and the back. He's still working towards the choke. Omielanczuk survives. 10-9 Struve.
Round 2: Omielanczuk grabs an early bodylock and looks for a takedown. Struve reverses position on the fence and lands a big knee that Omielanczuk shrugs off. One minute in, Omielanczuk back on the outside. Struve hits another trip into top position, then locks up a d'arce when Omielanczuk turns into him. Omielanczuk tries to roll through, but it's in too tight and he's forced to tap.
Final result: Struve def. Omielanczuk by submission (d'arce choke)
145 lbs.: Mirsad Bektic vs. Russell Doane
Round 1: Doane lands a right hand early, marching forward. Counter right from Bektic off a naked low kick that hits groin. Doane gives him time to recover. Right from Bektic again. They continue to trade, Doane landing slightly better. One minute in, Bektic takes him down with a double-leg. Bektic on top in guard against the fence. Doane dives up his back on his way up and Bektic slams him down. Bektic controlling him from the rear waistlock. Two minutes in. Bektic looking for the back. Doane tries a rolling kneebar, eats punches. Bektic wrangles him to the mat with two minutes to go.
Full back mount for Bektic. He's looking for the choke, adjusts position. One minute to go. He keeps working for the choke and ultimately locks it up palm-to-palm for the submission finish.
Final result: Bektic def. Doane by submission (rear-naked choke)
135 lbs.: Brad Pickett vs. Iuri Alcantara
Round 1: Alcantara fires a body kick, then cracks Pickett with a series of punches and a knee behind them. Body kick and a knee from Alcantara. One minute in. Head kick from Alcantara, who rocks Pickett's world with a spinning elbow. Pickett collapses under the follow-up punches and Alcantara slams home ground-and-pound. He quickly passes to mount and sets up a triangle, transitioning to an armbar and then back to a triangle when Pickett tries to defend. Alcantara pulls his head down and Pickett taps.
Final result: Alcantara def. Pickett by submission (triangle choke)
135 lbs.: Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak
Round 1: Stasiak catches an early kick and spins Grant to the mat. Grant regains guard and brings his legs up, then makes space and stands. Counter right by Stasiak. One minute in. Both men try to spin. Grant ties up on the fence. Stasiak fighting off the takedown but Grant puts him on his rear. Two minutes in. Stasiak with a nice reversal and he stands, pressing Grant against the cage. It's Grant who gets the takedown, though, landing in half guard. Again Stasiak turns it into a takedown attempt and returns to his feet. They separate with a little over two minutes to go.
Grant whiffs on an overhand right. Right hand lands for Grant. He tries to jump in with a knee, nothing there. Stasiak with a knee to the body inside. Wheel kick attempt by the karateka. One minute to go. Check hook lands for Grant. Long double-leg from Grant and he muscles Stasiak down. Stasiak uses a butterfly hook to sweep into top position and set up in half guard. 10-9 Stasiak.
Round 2: Grant starts with a side kick, eats a left hook. Spinning back kick from Stasiak falls short. Grant trying to pressure. Good right hand by the Brit. One minute in. Thumping right to the body and a knee behind it. Another right hand lands and Stasiak ties up. They separate. Right hand by Stasiak, left hook by Grant. Wheel kick by Grant and he follows up with hooks. Stasiak fires a spinning back fist and changes lvels, but can't complete it. Knee by Grant as he ties up on the fence. Two minutes in. Elbow, knee by Grant. Hard uppercut on the break. Stasiak looks like he's flagging. Right hand lands for him. Stasiak ducks down for a reactive single and takes guard. Grant muscles his way to the feet with a heavy knee. Two minutes to go.
Grant overwhelming Stasiak, landing hard in the clinch. Stasiak shoots again and Grant counters with an armbar attempt. Stasiak slips out, eats elbows as he takes half guard. Now he transitions to mount. One minute to go. Grant trying to use the cage to his advantage, does so and sprawls on a takedown attempt. Grant goes for the rear-naked choke, gets taken down in the ensuing scramble. 10-9 Stasiak.
Round 3: Grant seems the fresher of the two. Right cross lands for him. Stasiak whiffs on a right hand, tries to change levels without success. One minute in. Grant advancing. Stasiak looks for a reactive takedown and puts Grant on the fence. He completes the single-leg and snuffs out an attempted triangle. Grant turns into him and manages to stand. Two minutes in. Stasiak shoots a double and Grant shuts it down, setting up in the Pole's guard. Grant tries to open up with ground-and-pound, only for Stasiak to lock in a beautiful armbar. Grant fights for his life, but he can't get out. Terrific submission from Damian Stasiak.
Final result: Stasiak def. Grant by submission (armbar)
170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov
Round 1: Edwards southpaw, Tumenov orthodox. Tentative start, lots of feints from both men. Left hands by Edwards. Body kick lands and he takes Tumenov down. The Russian pops back up and Edwards ties up on the fence. One minute in. Edwards continues to drive and takes Tumenov down into half guard. Two minutes in. Butterfly guard for the Russian, Edwards hops back into half guard. Now side control. He takes full mount, Tumenov regains half guard. Two minutes to go.
Tumenov makes his way to the feet and pops his head free of a guillotine, only to get taken down once again. Edwards looks for the back. One minute to go, one hook in. Tumenov clamping down on an arm, fighting off the second hook. Edwards gets it in in the last fifteen seconds. 10-9 Edwards.
Round 2: Tumenov lands a hard counter right early. Tumenov catches a kick. Edwards avoids a combo and circles off the fence. One minute in. Uppercut slips through for the Russian. Edwards ducks a right hand and shoots in. Tumenov fights it off and Edwards disengages. 3-2 from Tumenov. Two minutes in. Tumenov advancing, lands a right hand. Two minutes to go.
Tumenov looks for a high kick, eats a body kick. Jabs from the Russian. Edwards looks for a combo. Big left hooks from Tumenov as Edwards circles off. Another left hook and he stuffs the takedown that comes back. One minute to go. Uppercut from Tumenov just misses. Hard counter combination. Edwards grabs a bodylock at the bell. 10-9 Tumenov.
Round 3: Edwards flings out a head kick, eats a straight right from Tumenov. Jab by the Russian. Head kick falls short. Tumenov advancing in southpaw, lands a low kick. One minute in. Lefts from the Russian. Edwards circling along the fence. Edwards shoots, Tumenov limp-legs out. Two minutes in. Edwards catches a body kick and takes Tumenov down, looking for the back. As Tumenov tries to stand, Edwards locks up the rear-naked choke. Tumenov is forced to tap and Edwards has the upset victory.
Final result: Edwards def. Tumenov by submission (rear-naked choke)
155 lbs.: Marc Diakiese vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Round 1: Diakiese comes out swinging and Sajewski shoots in, ultimately putting Diakiese in side control against the cage. Good knee to the body by the Pole. One minute in. Diakiese tries to bridge, gives up mount. He locks up half guard soon after. Two minutes in. Diakiese scrambles up and hits a tremendous slam, cracking Sajewski with a right hand as the Pole stands. They separate. Uppercut by Sajewski as he ties up on the fence. two minutes to go.
Sajewski hits a trip into half guard. Short knes by Sajewski. Diakiese looks for a heel hook, then uses it to stand. One minute to go. Low kick by Diakiese. Inside this time. Wheel kick from Diakiese misses and he lands a low kick. Sajewski ties up before the bell. 10-9 Sajewski.
Round 2: Both men swinging in the first twenty seconds. Right hand, left uppercut from Diagiese. Nasty left to the body. Left upstairs from southpaw, then another body shot. One minute in. Diakiese looking much faster on the feet. Flying knee attempt. Sajewski may be flagging; he came in on short notice. Two minutes in. Overhand right lands for Diakiese. Sajewski hauls him to the fence. DIakiese fights off the underhooks and circles off. Sajewski definitely tired. Lead uppercut lands for Diakiese. Straight right lands for him. Two minutes to go.
All Diakiese at the moment. Overhand right again from Diakiese. Body kick lands. Straight rights. Check hook by Sajewski, more punches by Diakiese in return. One minute to go. Sajewski lands an overhand right, walks into a left hook. Diakiese patiently banging away against the fence. Knees from Diakiese and nasty punches. Sajewski wilts under the attack and there's the stoppage.
Final result: Diakiese def. Sajewski by TKO (knees and punches)
170 lbs.: Mike Perry vs. Danny Roberts
Round 1: Roberts opens with a head kick as Perry storms forward. Counter left lands for the Brit. Low kick connects, head kick blocked. Perry looks for an uppercut. Low kicks from Perry, overhand left by Roberts. One minute in. Roberts low kick. Hard body kick from Perry, who gets knocked back by a left hand. Two minutes in. Check hook from Roberts, who looks for a knee and lands low kicks. Lefts from Roberts. Perry head kick glances off, knee lands clean. Perry unloads on Roberts and the Brit shoots. Perry stuffs it and looks for the back. Two minutes to go.
Roberts rolls, looking for a leg, and Perry takes side control. Perry tries to hop to mount, takes the back. Roberts trying to slip out the backdoor. Perry maintaining control well, but Roberts makes it to his feet. One minute to go. Left hand by Roberts, right from Perry. 3-2 lands for Roberts. Head kick from the Englishman and they're trading bombs. Perry lands some hard right hands that send Roberts down before the bell. 10-9 Perry.
Round 2: Roberts opens with low kicks and lands a hard check hook. 1-2 by Roberts, then another low kick. Body shot. One minute in. Roberts leg kick. Left hand lands for him, then to the body. Perry lands a knee when Roberts tries to change levels. Roberts staying busy with the kicks. Roberts head kick, left hand behind it. Two minutes in. Perry clips him with a right hand in the clinch, can't capitalize. Perry backs Roberts to the fence and the Brit shoots. Short right hands by Perry. Two minutes to go.
Roberts low kicks, 3-2. Body kick from Perry. Combinations from Roberts landing clean. Perry seems rattled. Roberts low kick, then brutal punches. One minute to go. More massive left hands by Roberts but he walks into a right that puts him on rubber legs. He shoots and Perry counters directly into mount. He gives up his back and Perry pounds away with elbows until the bell. 10-9 Roberts.
Round 3: Counters landing for Roberts in the early going. Perry's eating a lot of shots but comes back with rights that hurt Roberts. The Brit survives the onslaught and separates. One minute in. Roberts seems like he has a bit more left in the tank. Low kick and body shot connect. Counter left. Another left straight. Perry pops him with a left hook. Two minutes in. Yet more clean lefts by Roberts. Two-piece counter from Perry rattles Roberts but he rocks Perry in return with a straight left. Roberts stumbles in for a takedown attempt, Perry stuffs it. Two minutes to go.
Roberts bleeding from around his left eye. Perry tries a wheel kick. Beautiful head kick by Roberts, set up by punches. Perry eats it just like everything else. 3-2 by Roberts. One minute to go. Perry with a stiff right as he takes lefts. Right hand from Perry. Another right hand and a knee. Roberts is hurt once again and there's no escape this time. Perry clobbers him with another right hand behind it and Roberts hits the ground unconscious. Marc Goddard lets him land two unnecessary punches before calling it.
Final result: Perry def. Roberts by KO (knee and punches)
155 lbs.: Adriano Martins vs. Leonardo Santos
Round 1: Santos opens with a head kick attempt, then to the body. Low kick from Martins connects. Fans already "woo"-ing like drunk birds. One minute in. Body kick lands for Santos. Again. Santos checks a low kick, two minutes in. Martins starting to advance, eats a counter right. Counter knee by Santos as he slips a straight left. Two minutes to go.
Another body kick by Santos. Martins catches the next one, can't land the counters. Martins stalking forward. One minute to go. Lead uppercut by Martins just glances off. Jumping switch kick by Santos blocked. Martins swings big before the bell, does not connect. 10-9 Santos.
Round 2: Martins tries to catch another body kick. Santos moving well, keeping Martins at range. Low kick lands. Martins whiffs on a left hand. One minute in. Low kicks land for him. Left to the body. To the head this time. Low kick exchange. Two minutes in. Santos body kick blocked. Martins to the body once again. Two minutes to go.
Head kick by Santos nearly lands clean. Low kick connects. One minute to go. Another head kick by Santos just blocked. Lead left from Martins in return. 10-9 Martins.
Round 3: Feinting at range. Santos head kick blocked. Low kick connects for him. One minute in. Santos leg kick. Martins is barely punching. He wings a big left and Santos shoots under it, stuffed. Two minutes in. Santos leg kick. Left from Martins, right from Santos. Santos looks for a head kick, takes a left straight. Two minutes to go.
Santos angles off with a right hand. Martins connects with a left hand against the fence. Martins low kicks and Santos seems to be feeling them. Uppercut whiffs, another leg kick lands. One minute to go. Martins advancing, lands a low kick, eats a head kick and comes back with a right hook. Martins swinging big in the final seconds of the fight. 10-9 Martins.
Final result: Santos def. Martins by split decision