Thomas Transition: UFC 204 The Main Event That Was
Before Michael Bisping takes on Georges St.Pierre at a venue and date TBD. I wanted to give the readers my reaction to an event that did not get the hype I feel it truly deserved and that was UFC 204 back on October 8, 2016. Michael Bisping put his newly minted Middleweight Title on the line vs the man who knocked him into the stratosphere Dan Henderson. Here were my thoughts on the Main Event of the night which was one of my favorite main events in UFC history and boy did it deliver.
In case you missed UFC 204 let me not only refresh your memory but enlighten you as to what is next for the winners and losers of UFC 204. For one fighter the path is clear. Dan Henderson fought the last fight of his remarkable career. Not only has Henderson had the most remarkable career in MMA history but one would definitely agree on the concept that Dan Henderson just fought the most remarkable final fight in MMA history. While he walked away the loser, Dan Henderson actually won much more than a belt. He won respect. Dan Henderson walked out to a Middleweight title fight in complete enemy territory. As all of Manchester booed Dan Henderson as loud as they possibly could. In a moment straight out of Rocky IV. Hendo turned boos into cheers. If anyone predicted that the rematch between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson would go a full 25 minutes I give you a lot of credit. I didn’t see this fight going more than 3 rounds in either case. But what we saw was a battle between both fighters who had to dig deep on the complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Bisping reeling from two knockdowns and Hendo reeling from the energy he exerted trying to shut the Brit up one last time. Whatever the case may be as to why the fight lasted the full 25 minutes and there are many.
Regardless the fight was one of the most exciting fights I have watched in a long time and that was why I wanted to see it and I called for it in a previous MFST article. But to some, what Dan Henderson meant to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts I could write a full article on just that subject alone. Without Dan Henderson, MMA is not where it is today it is just that simple. One aspect of the rise of MMA that has completely gone unnoticed is the transition from Amateur and Collegiate wrestling to Mixed Martial Arts fighting. Some have only been able to try—Dan Henderson mastered it. Not only did Henderson master the transition but he made his name off of something he didn’t even know he had. The “H-Bomb”. Some of the most vicious fighters that this sport has ever seen fell victim to the H-Bomb. Shogun Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Fedor, and obviously Michael Bisping not once not twice but three times. But only one sent ” The Count” into la la land. Simply put Dan Henderson should be on the Mount Rushmore of MMA along with the likes of Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, and Matt Hughes. UFC 204 was an amazing card and a thrilling send off for one of the true all-time greats in MMA history. Thank You Hendo for all the memories.
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