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Michael Bisping Is a Better Coach, Fighter, and Lover Than Dan Henderson

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Okay, maybe he hasn’t said he’s better in bed. But Michael Bisping has been laying into his Ultimate Fighter rival coach Dan Henderson lately, for a number of other reasons. First there was this interesting bit in his new TUF blog for

As you saw in the episode, I made good on my promise to ensure my team were at peak fitness. The footage of us running through Vegas was taken early in the morning. Basically, each team had two sessions in the gym later in the day so, in order to make sure Team UK were getting their cardio in but without affecting their ability to train in the gym, we ran at 8am.
Some people were surprised I was going to the house at 8am to run with them, but that’s the kind of coach I wanted to be. Plus, under the rules, Team UK – or Team USA for that matter – couldn’t leave the house except with me or to be taken to the gym. So if I didn’t run with them, they’d not be running at all. Without me going there and actually getting my guys, they would have no roadwork, and as a coach that wasn’t an option. As far as I know, Dan didn’t take his team out running or doing any cardio except what my team dubbed “Ultimate Frisbee”, which I think says it all. That was Team USA’s cardio training.

Bisping also slammed Hendo’s understated television persona and excuse-making:

I respect Dan and what he’s done in his great career, and I understand his gracious sentiment of “I’ll do my talking in the ring” but, ahem, he did sign up for a 12 week TV series. As far as I understood it, talking is kinda an important part of this audio-visual medium we call “television” but if things were left to Dan, TUF 9 would have had to been broadcast as a silent movie.
One of the few times Dan woke up was to moan about his team making weight “three times” for the fight whereas my team had enjoyed two weeks between their eliminator and the first fight. Dan was certainly getting his excuses in early here…ONE member of Team USA — Miller — had to make weight twice close together. One eliminator and one fight makes two times, not three as Dan tried to say.

The Count may have a point about Henderson’s lack of personality. So far, the American coach has only made brief appearances on the show he’s supposed to be starring in. Is that because all the footage of him is just too dull to air? Hopefully he’ll "wake up" when it’s actually time to fight Bisping, because the Brit thinks he already has his opponent figured out. As he told Setanta:

"[M]aybe I’m underestimating him but I don’t think I’ve got a lot to worry about. He’s got a big right hand and great clinch work, but outside of that I’ve got him beat. Having watched the Henderson/Franklin fight again, I have to say I wasn’t impressed at all. His striking looked sloppy, he fell on his arse a couple of times from kicks, landed a couple of big right hands but that was it really…He’s never been knocked out in his career, it’d be nice to be the first."

A couple years ago, this kind of trash-talk would be laughable. But Bisping is approaching his peak, Henderson’s peak is behind him, and at UFC 100 they’ll be meeting somewhere in the middle. Until then, Henderson has to start fighting back in the war of words, because Bisping is comfortably ahead on the judges’ scorecards right now.

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gj12460- May 5, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Yeah we all know you yanks kick it off and we bale you out the shit again and again! The reason you dont run is because your too stupid.
McGraw- April 30, 2009 at 12:18 am
lost respect for him not cornering his guy tonight. It must have been a late night at Spearmint Rhino
rh- April 29, 2009 at 5:32 am
@ O, B and Irish:
"What is it with some of these TUF coaches who don't wanna coach?"

Henderson wanted nothing to do with the show, but it was the only way to get a rematch with Anderson.

I don't imagine he'll be as revved up as Bisping to get some face time on the camera: Bisping = all talk/no action hero; Henderson = future Hall of Famer.
Duke- April 29, 2009 at 5:08 am
Consigliere - to be honest for every dickhead US person commenting here there are at least two reasonable ones denouncing them. I've never been to America but I think that you guys cop a bad wrap from a few loud mouthed douches who seem to attract all the attention overseas. I think reality TV has really hurt the USA's image abroad...
Consigliere- April 29, 2009 at 2:17 am
You Americans are such inarticulate, childish retards lacking all ability to be humble! It's so amusing reading your postings, proving exactly that. You are at least a hundred years behind European countries, when it comes to anything that has to do with a well-balanced standpoint, cultural awareness and just knowing how to behave in any situation. On the other hand the US as a country hasn't had time to mature, since it isn't much older than my grandmother.

By the way, the Brits will win due to European discipline, work-ethics and toughness and afterwards Bisping will wipe out an MMA-legend, which is a pity though. Hendo seems like nice enough guy, but he has for sure passed his peak a long time ago (not that Bisping will ever be a title holder).

And for CAPS LOCK HAL: Grow a brain and get a job! Your references to gay activities makes you pathetic figure.

AussieJosh- April 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm
I hope UK smahes USA and then the next TUF should be Brazil V USA and USA can get smashed all over again!
BarebackBilly- April 28, 2009 at 11:51 am
yeah enough with the gay talk and just show me what ur going to do.
Jay Smith- April 28, 2009 at 11:49 am
@ C-Bus Allstar
You're absolutely right dude. Bisbing was just speaking truthfully. He wasn't trying to put anyone down, but what do "us americans" do, resort to saying stupid shit like "anonymous". I think Bisbing is taking this thing more serious than any other coach the show has ever had. The US better get their shit together, or they just might sweep our ass. The american in the first fight was supposed to be "the toughest person on their far".
Bojangles- April 28, 2009 at 11:14 am
i think Bisbing is going to win the fight, i think he hit it right on the nail with the tools Dan Henderson has.
BackbaconBilly- April 28, 2009 at 11:06 am
I'm no fan of either coach, BUT... so far the U.K team is def a better unit than the American's, better trained/disciplined/respectful. The world has seen enough of the junie browning bullshit on these reality shows, we want to see people get down to the business at hand.
Its funny but the show kinda mirrors C.P you have a bunch of knowledgeable guys wanting to discuss mma ( like the brits, taking things seriously ) and you have a bunch of homo douchebags with nothing to say except ass slammin replies to everything ( like the american team with their gay pranks ) I have a good hunch how the show will end, unfortunately I can't say the same for how things will probably continue to go around C.P-ville.
manutdfan- April 28, 2009 at 10:51 am
Uzi, your argument, though a slightly valid one, is ruined by the fact you cannot put together a coherent sentence.

As for Bisping, I'm an american who is amused by my fellow countrymen, and their ability to not see that Michael is MEANING to come off cocky. He said so on the show. He's been a contestant in the TUF format, so he might just have an idea on how to cope/suceed that Henderson doesn't have. Same reason Forrest was a good coach.
uzithrasha- April 28, 2009 at 10:25 am
This stupid mother fuckn brit is so up in the clouds, he doesn't realize he's about to be ko by hendo. This fuck is to cocky for me. This little bitch is talking shit competing in middle weight when he should be fighting in light heavy cause that's the division he won tuf. He doesn't have knockout power. He has tko power. No submission but the basics, sloppy take downs and decent leg kiks. He aint got no chance for title contention unless he drops to welters. Man I was the only one out of my friends who liked him but now I can't stand this cocky cock from the country that lost the war to the under dog the americans. Never count the us bisping. Remember that
K.E.G.- April 28, 2009 at 10:23 am
I'm still going with Hendo. Bisbing forgot to mention Hendo's wrestling is far stronger then his as well. Also a KO, yeah he's proven to have thunder in those hands of his.
Cathyllover- April 28, 2009 at 9:56 am
Is him... Seems he is famous on some tall dating place ____TallMingle Co M___ where are many hot models and handsome guys. Many tall singles find their lovers there
Diaz beats Gomi- April 28, 2009 at 9:34 am
I hope hendo knocks his head off so his arse won't be on his shoulders anymore!
Ample- April 28, 2009 at 9:16 am
Im rooting for Hendo, i think Bisping will win but i dont want to see it.
weatherman2012- April 28, 2009 at 9:02 am
you think there gonna have like usa vs canada next time or brazil or wutever country? or u think its gonna go back to the orginal thingy. or bank off the country vs country idea?
i agree i hate anderson now he blows fackin cocky bitch.

NukeBlast- April 28, 2009 at 8:58 am
Yeah right.... Bisping gonna KO Hendo,

Fucking Rampage Jackson broke is hand on Hendo's face....get real.
UFC fan- April 28, 2009 at 8:41 am
Big fucking deal, pisspenis came to let his dogs out so they could run, who gives a rats ass.
he did what any coach would do, and hes looking for praise for it? what a douche, hes like a deadbeat dad who makes a child support payment and has to brag and tell everyone he MADE his payment, well big deal its what you are suppose to do you deadbeat, feh!
I personally hope pisspenis pulls off a boring outpointing affair against hendo, so he can get his fucking heasd handed to him by Anderson......That is if The spider stops thinking hes spider man instead of a MMA fighter.
Hendo had his shot...and he looked like shit, so seen that done that, seen enough borefests from hendo...and from Anderson, I want some new beatings, like the Lebon beating.
so fuck hendo...and fuck bisping.
so far this season is a bust, it better pick up.
Curtis Sample- April 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

CAPS LOCK HAL- April 28, 2009 at 8:34 am
Patrikh- April 28, 2009 at 8:29 am
I think bisping is hyping up the fight with hendo :)
Jugger- April 28, 2009 at 8:27 am
All I see is a energetic johnny-come-lately who's a little full of himself and thinks he has the game figured out versus a seasoned vet who's been there, done that, and won the trophies. Dan's left pinky has more fight-game experience than the Brit's entire team, Bisping included.

That said, Bisping will win the fight against Dan. Dan will press forward because he's aggressive and tries to destroy people. Bisping will back-pedal and throw pitter-patter combo's that notch points on the score cards. Bisping knows there is no way in Hades that he's going to KO Hendo. In fact, he'll never try. In fact, he'll never put any weight on his front foot when he throws a punch. He'll use this "new, ingenious gameplan" that so many were congratulating Anderson for.

Bisping will beat Dan by UD, and the torch will be officially passed to a new era of fighting.
bump- April 28, 2009 at 8:22 am
I can't wait til Hendo smashes that limey fuck. It's gonna feel good to witness that shit.
Dangada Dang- April 28, 2009 at 8:22 am
Bisping makes another good point as he was able to vicously counter Chris Leben's "My hands are at my sides, I dare you" technique with an epic knockout.