By: Geoff Smith
In just about any field you work in it is always important to start with a bang to make your presence felt. Well, I’m going to hit you with a big bang (take the pun whatever way you want). Over the weekend, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) turned 100, well, 100 events at least. Dana White, the resident of the UFC, created the ultimate card for UFC 100, and the fights lived up to the hype.
As any Campus Socialite can tell you, watching a man knock another man out is quite the spectacle. Luckily for us, Dan Henderson (25-7-0) chose UFC 100 to deliver his most amazing knockout, and quite possibly, the biggest knockout ever in the UFC, against Michael Bisping (18-2-0). Toying with Bisping the entire fight, Henderson pounced shortly after three minutes into the second round. Throwing out a feeler with his left hand, Henderson cocked-back his right hand, and unleashed a wicked cross square into Bisping’s unsuspecting face. Bisping fell down immediately, but with referee Steve Mazzagatti not stopping the fight, Henderson followed with a devastating downward superman punch into the knocked out Bisping.
After the fight, Henderson said of the fight “it’s awesome. I’m sure that’s going to be one of my favorite fights that I’ve ever fought.” Henderson, with the knockout, did more than just beat Bisping, he shut him up. Leading up to the fight, Bisping and Henderson were opposing coaches on the UFC’s TV show, The Ultimate Fighter. Bisping continually took shots at Henderson, and leading up to the fight, Bisping said in an interview that Henderson could not knock him out. Unfortunately for Bisping, Henderson and his monstrous right hand forgot that and instead, Bisping found himself seeing stars throughout the fight.
At 38, Henderson is one of the oldest, and most decorated, fighters in the UFC. His last loss came to current middleweight champion Anderson Silva (24-4-0), and since then Henderson has won his last three fights, including a decision over former middleweight champion Rich Franklin (25-4-0). When asked what was next for him, Henderson said that he wanted to fight Silva again, saying “I think I would deserve that shot” after beating Bisping and Franklin.
For Dana White, however, the decision is not so clear. When asked, he said “could be, we have to figure out dates.” Henderson has said that if he does not get another shot at Silva, that he is going to move back up to the light heavyweight division.
While Henderson provided the knockout that everyone was looking for, there were also 4 other televised fights. In the opening bout, Alan Belcher (13-5-0) lost in a controversial split decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1-0). Jon Fitch (23-3-0) handed Paulo Thiago (11-1-0) his first defeat in an unanimous decision. In the co-headline of the car, Georges St-Pierre (19-2-0) successfully defended his welterweight championship against Thiago Alves (22-5-0) in an unanimous decision, easily handling the fight even with a pulled groin muscle suffered in the third round. In the main event of the night, heavyweight champion Brock Lesner (4-1-0) extracted revenge on Frank Mir (12-4-0) for an earlier loss, winning by TKO (Technical Knock Out) in the second round.
The next UFC event returns on August 8, with UFC 101: Declaration in Philadelphia, PA. For more on the UFC, including rules and upcoming schedules, check outhttp://www.ufc.com.
Here is a cool highlight video of Dan Henderson, enjoy:
And a highlight video of knockouts: