Michael Bisping set for late night scrap with Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in Manchester
BRITAIN’S first UFC world champion will get to fulfil his dream of making the first defence of his title on home soil when he takes on Dan Henderson at UFC 204 on October 8.
Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping upset the odds at UFC 199 when he knocked out Luke Rockhold in the first round to claim the undisputed UFC middleweight title.
And following his spectacular, dramatic victory in Los Angeles, Bisping told SunSport backstage he wanted his first defence to be on British soil, in Manchester.
Clitheroe man Bisping was due to face Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night in Manchester back in 2013, but a redetached retina put paid to the opportunity to headline in the city.
At the time Henderson was benefiting from the now-strictly-controlled practice of using testosterone replacement therapy.
Now, six years on, Bisping wants to avenge that defeat and he’ll get that chance on home soil on October 8.
And US outlet MMA Fighting are reporting the long-rumoured detail that the action will take place at the Manchester Arena in the middle of the night, with the UFC due to schedule the main event to take place at around 5am to fit the American pay-per-view audience.
It’s something we’ve seen before in Manchester, when Ricky Hatton memorably dethroned boxing’s pound-for-pound star Kostya Tszyu in the early hours of the morning at the MEN Arena back in 2005.
With the event set to form one of the UFC’s numbered pay-per-view shows, it means fans can expect a stellar card of fights in Manchester as UFC matchmakers look to stack the deck for the big UK show.