Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson will finally collide on July 11th, and Bisping thinks his youth and speed gives him an advantage in their bout. The TUF 3 season winner told Fighter’s Only Magazine that the former PRIDE middleweight and light heavyweight champion is slowing down and will have difficulty catching him.
“People say he is a legend in the sport and I suppose that is a fair description,” Bisping noted. “I could be underestimating him massively but when I watch him, I don’t see a problem for me there to be honest. If I go out and fight the way I know I can fight then I know I can beat him. Dan Henderson may be one of the best wresters out there but I’ve learned how to deal with those guys. I wrestle every day, day in day out.”
Bisping goes on to say that Henderson’s big right hook won’t present a challenge to him.
“He has this big right hand [but] I very rarely get hit,” he stated. “People have said I am a pain in the ass to hit and a pain in the ass to spar with. I think I am going to be too quick for him, I don’t think he is going to be able to land that big shot – no one has yet.
“I am not saying I’ve not been hit but I’ve not been put on my ass, I’ve not been knocked out. I don’t see Dan Henderson . . . no disrespect, but at 38 years of age he’s got to be slowing down. I don’t think he is going to catch me with it.”
Bisping and Henderson face each other in one of the featured bouts at UFC 100 on July 11th, with the winner of the bout possibly being in line for a shot at the middleweight championship held by Anderson Silva.