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Bisping and Henderson to Fight for Middleweight Title Shot at UFC 100

(Relax, Mike — you can’t catch it just by touching him. Photo courtesy of

According to the Manchester Evening News, the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter: U.S vs. U.K. will be fighting for more than brgging rights during their clash at UFC 100.

Michael Bisping is aiming to be the first Briton to win an Ultimate Fighting Championship world title – and he could do it in front of a sell-out MEN Arena crowd. The 30-year-old from Clitheroe has been promised a shot at the mixed martial arts organisation’s middleweight crown if he comes through his clash with Dan Henderson in Las Vegas on July 11. "Michael will fight Henderson at UFC 100 in Vegas, and the winner will get a world title shot," a UFC spokesman said. "And if that winner is Michael, we intend to take the fight to Manchester, just down the road from where he lives.

We always assumed that the winner of Bisping/Henderson would be right up there in the middleweight title picture, but originally Demian Maia was supposed to get the next crack at Anderson Silva. That idea seems to have officially gone up in smoke thanks to the poor performance by another Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Thales Leites. Not that Maia would have turned in 25 minutes of butt-flopping, but the prospect of sending in Bisping (a usually agressive striker) or Henderson (who actually took the first round of his first fight against Silva) holds more of a guarantee of excitement.

Related: In the latest installment of his TUF 9 blog on, Bisping explains that the dispute over practice times in last week’s episode was just the latest example of Team U.K. getting shafted, and has this to say about Damarques Johnson: "Come on, a grown man storming off and literally CRYING in the car park for 15 minutes because he’d had a bit of water thrown at him? What is this, America’s Next Top Model? It was the most pathetic, self-indulgent performance I’ve seen since Gwyneth Paltrow won the Oscar."

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cherby_uk- June 28, 2009 at 4:18 am
Dont think you should all rule out Bisping. The yanks were so cocky at the start of UFC taking the constant piss out of the brits yet they couldnt get on at all together all crying and bitching all the time. The Brits just kicked back had a laugh and then kicked their asses all over the place. It was great to watch. Demarques is a pussy, he ruined people training gear and then cries when he gets a bit of water in his face - twat. I have to say though that Frank Lester was awesome I wanted him to win in the end. Anyway common Bisping bring it home. woooooooo! :-). Cheerio, off for my tea and crumpets hahahaha- hilarious!
Dru23- June 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm
poor poor okami. dude has been getting passed up going on 2 years now....
RickyRobbie- June 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm
Oh and CP.... I have a suggestion on your next poll...- Is it possible to look more gay than Bispiing? And the choices should be NO and HELL NO!
RickyRobbie- June 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm
wrong wrong wrong. Okami should face the winner of Bisping - Hendo and the winner of that fight should face the winner of Nate vs Maia AAAAAANNNNDDDDD theeeeeeen the winner faces The Spider!
karate is back- June 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm
gotta love 'page and henderson.
That Guy- June 2, 2009 at 11:28 am
@Judo Im Right

Watch GSP's post fight celebration after beating BJ the second time to get an idea what Ben's referring to. Ole! Ole! Ole!
831 Son- June 2, 2009 at 11:16 am
Maia would get beat. Hes a puss.

I want Bisping to win over Hendo for the sole purpose of getting his ass handed to him by Anderson. I wouldnt really wanna see Hendo get beat by Anderson again either.
Kevin Marshall- June 2, 2009 at 10:12 am
I love that picture. Bisping and GSP look like they're taking a Sears family portrait.
Derly- June 2, 2009 at 10:08 am
Maia was already set with Marquardt on the Couture/Nog card.
Judo Im Right- June 2, 2009 at 10:08 am
@ Akilleez

How do you see Hendo winning by submission in round one?? Hendo is a wrestler with 1 submission in his entire career and Bisping has never been submitted ...

... For some reason I like Bisping's cockiness. The water thing was out of line, but he immediately admitted it then apologized. Then when Damarques wants to be all emotional about it and make it a bigger deal than it was like a woman, he no longer cared. I like his shit talking and no bullshit must win attitude. What's everyone's problem? Hendo is the man too.

It'll be a long grinded out fight and I wouldn't be surprised if neither fighter is able to finish

CP - what is the "can't catch it" in the picture quote? Just a joke or is there a rumor about GSP I'm not aware of. Does he have the HIV or the Herp? or is he a little crooked?
llbunbaoll- June 2, 2009 at 10:01 am
haha...Bisping is a DOUCHEBAG!
b0redj0rd- June 2, 2009 at 9:57 am
Fingers crossed for Bisping vs Hendo - Should be a good fight. If Michael wins I can at last get to see a UFC event in person ......
Kimbos Bread- June 2, 2009 at 9:00 am
That photo has a name:

"Bareback Stud Palace II"
Akilleez- June 2, 2009 at 8:58 am
I hope Bisping wins just because I don't wanna see Hendo fight Silva again. Hendo will more than likely win via submission in the 1st round though.
BobSaget- June 2, 2009 at 8:50 am
I hate that Bisping gets so many fights in his own back yard, but atleast this way if he actually manages to beat Hendo, Anderson can knock his brit block off in front of all the soccer chanting Bisping nut huggers.
Payday- June 2, 2009 at 8:44 am
Yeah, a decision win over Jason McDonald and Dean Lister should put you at the top of the rankings...
schnetzler- June 2, 2009 at 8:24 am
and somewhere Yushin Okami sits in a dark room and screams..."Why does Dana hate me!!!"
peacexxl- June 2, 2009 at 8:15 am
What bullshit! Why is it that every time Silva defends his title, he has to do it in front of the other guy's home crowd.
boilerbinkley- June 2, 2009 at 8:11 am
I really don't think Hendo is going to walk through Bisping. What are the ramifications if Forrest beats Silva? I know it's not for the title, it's not even in the right weight class, but do you think that will expose anything?
Uncle Sams Misguided Child USMC- June 2, 2009 at 8:09 am
Well Bisping we all know you are gonna get owned by Hendo. But if you are able to pull it off its a win win for me because you will get destroyed by Silva. On the other hand you won cool points from me for that quote about Demaques -

"Come on, a grown man storming off and literally CRYING in the car park for 15 minutes because he’d had a bit of water thrown at him? What is this, America's Next Top Model? It was the most pathetic, self-indulgent performance I’ve seen since Gwyneth Paltrow won the Oscar."

Canadian Chronic- June 2, 2009 at 8:07 am
bisping is sucha bitch. I believe his excuse for squirting water in Demarques face was that he was called white as band aids. As far as racist remarks go, that one lists pretty fuckin low, and it came from a white guy. He is just mad that the camera panned away from him for a few moments and he wasn't the centre of attention.

Polish- June 2, 2009 at 8:06 am
So Hendo vs Silva II.... Because I think old Dan can take out the Brit.
caffn8d- June 2, 2009 at 8:01 am
No, the morons just need to exert more effort. Still, at least I'm actually looking at the comments again. So A++ to CP for that.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- June 2, 2009 at 7:52 am
Kimbo Era? I thought once people had to login to comment we got rid of all the morons?
Fucklord- June 2, 2009 at 7:50 am
who cares about this season, this the kimbo era