Dan Henderson Knockout Still Haunts Michael Bisping

Written by Tom Ngo
February 11th, 2010

Seven months ago today, middleweight Michael Bisping was caught on the wrong end of a devastating highlight-reel knockout. Although he showed his mettle by taking a come-from-behind victory over Denis Kang in his last outing at UFC 105, the Brit can’t stop talking about Dan Henderson.

“I’ve got to be honest that it kind of pisses me off people [keep] going on about that all the time, as if I’m stupid,” Bisping said of the annoying and redundant media coverage over his violent UFC 100 loss.

Despite participating in yesterday’s “UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez” conference call to promote his scrap with former PrideFC champion Wanderlei Silva, guess what was the first question the media asked Bisping … for the millionth time???

Did you think it was your face-to-fist defense against Henderson that caused your unconscious state? (Or something of that nature)

“Obviously, when you’re fighting an opponent, you move to their weak side,” an agitated Bisping explained. “But, sometimes in a fight, if the guy’s cutting you off or you’re taking some big shots, they leave you with no option but to go that way. Sometimes, after taking a few shots, you’re fighting on instinct as well.”

Chalk it up as a painful lesson learned for Bisping as he’s clearly prepared to move on, even if this YouTube generation of thrill seekers are not. “The Ultimate Fighter 3” winner is claiming he’s much improved since being introduced to Hendo’s knuckles, which is a scary thought considering he already owns an impressive 18-2 pro record.

“Before that fight, I was of the impression that I could go out there and stand with anyone for 3Rounds and not get knocked out. Obviously, that wasn’t the case,” he said. “I got knocked out, which I wasn’t planning on doing, so I had to look at that and work out why I got knocked out and fill in those holes.

“What I learned as well was not to be too worried about your opponent,” added Bisping. “You have to focus on what you want to do. Don’t dwell too much on what they’re going to do, focus on what you’re going to do and make them worry about you.”

UFC 110 will be jumping off next Saturday, February 20th inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Don’t forget to follow @5thRound on Twitter, Facebook and Google+!