(Relax, Mike — you can’t catch it just by touching him. Photo courtesy of myvegasscene.com.)
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 UFC.com, 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."