It has been more than seven years since Dan Henderson scored one of the most iconic — and brutal — knockout finishes in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), landing a killer right cross and then a follow-up flying smash fist that separated Michael Bisping from consciousness at UFC 100.
Bisping had no choice but to never remember it, but the scar still runs deep. So deep, in fact, that "The Count" wanted the opportunity to exact revenge all these years later before Henderson, 46, sails off into the sunset. Bisping will defend his Middleweight title for the first time ever against Henderson at UFC 204, which takes place at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on Oct. 8, 2016, even though it is a "ridiculous" rematch to make under the championship circumstances.
Bisping, though, has his reason(s).
"That is the main reason [why I want to fight him] — because, I didn't even know TRT existed. I had no idea he was on it or that it even existed, so I went into that fight not knowing that," he admitted to DailyStar. "Of course, now TRT is not allowed and he's still fighting so that was all bullshit that clearly proves it was bullshit and system manipulation."
Henderson, along with several other fighters, benefited from Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) treatment for several years before it was eventually outlawed in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition two years ago. In fact, Henderson admitted that he was under the controversial treatment "for five or six years," which Bisping called nothing more than "dressed up cheating."
And Bisping is not a fan of cheaters. In fact, it's "no coincidence" that he is the 185-pound champion now that United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has begun to clean house. Now it's up to Bisping to slip an incoming "H-Bomb" from Fred Flintstone in their upcoming rematch and level their score to validate his tough talk.
"I know he's an older man now, but I still owe him one," he said. "He's still knocking people out so let's do it."