Dan Henderson did nothing wrong at UFC 100

There seems to be some sentiment floating around the MMA Internet world that Dan Henderson did something wrong when he landed that second flying right hand to Michael Bisping's face at UFC 100 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Let's be clear here: Dan Henderson did nothing wrong.

He did exactly what every fighter is supposed to do: Fight until the bell rings or the referee steps in to stop the bout.

Henderson knocked Bisping out with a right hand that rendered Bisping unconscious before he even hit the mat. As Bisping hit the canvas, Henderson landed a flying right to Bisping's face.

A second later, referee Mario Yamasaki came flying in to end the fight with 1:42 left in the second round.

The only reason people are complaining is because of what Henderson said in the in-ring interview afterward when Joe Rogan asked if he knew Bisping was out cold after the first punch.

"Normally, I'm not that way in fights," Henderson said. "I know if the guy is out, I tend to stop. I knew I hit him out. I think that one was just to shut him up a bit."

Henderson and Bisping coached against each other on Season 9 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and didn't exactly become BFFs. Bisping kept the talking up during the pre-fight hype.

At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said Henderson told him he was just kidding when the two spoke after the fight.

Jokes or not, Henderson shouldn't be condemned for his actions. Henderson did what all fighters do. He pounced on a fallen opponent until the fight was stopped. Rashad Evans did the same thing after he laid out Chuck Liddell. The only difference was the referee got there in time to prevent a second devastating punch.

Based on the televised fight, Yamasaki wasn't close enough to the action when Henderson landed that devastating right hand. Of course, that is based on what we saw on television, since that's the only point of view I had. If I were in Mandalay Bay for the fights, perhaps I'd have seen his exact positioning. Plus, no matter how close or far Yamasaki was, it takes a second or two to cover ground and get in there to stop the fight.

Just to be clear here, no one is hanging this on Yamasaki at all. It's not his fault, either. It's no one's fault. It's just one of those things. Henderson blasted Bisping. Twice.


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Comments (162)

Sadly Dan Henderson took the low raod and single handidly set mma back several years. Creating an image of sportmanship and fair play has been the main focus of the sport in an attempt to gain social acceptance. Hendo proved that the savage is still alive and in my humble opion he is not welcome in the sport. I lost all respect I had for him.He is not a man, he is a brute not to be incouraged. Take the high road or take no road.

lets be clear Matt. This is not your ordinary sport. You train these warriors to fight to the death (literally) and then you question after?

Give me a break. Henderson did exactly what most of the fans wanted to see, to destroy Bisping. Considering the situation, the drama , the quarrels between.. Bisping got what he deserved. its the UFC, this aint ping pong. take your dress off, and be a man will ya.

I can't say I didn't want to see Bisping get thumped, because I did. The problem I have is that yes these guys are trained to be warriors but I beleieve that they have not signed up to be treated like animals. Where is the sportsmanship? A lack of respect is what is going to cause a ban of the sport again. I would like to see sanctioning in every province and state in North America. This attitude will not promote this.

So call it a dress if you want add lipstick. I say grow up wipe the sludge from your brow and get some class. GSP is a prime example of what true sportsmanship is all about.

Matt

Grow up thats what mma is all about brutilaity. Henderson did what he's supost to do, fight til the ref stops it. if you dont like the sport then dont watch it. I would suggest golf you pus.

Matt

Grow up thats what mma is all about brutilaity. Henderson did what he's supost to do, fight til the ref stops it. if you dont like the sport then dont watch it. I would suggest golf you pus.

Thank you Dave for your comments. I do enjoy golf.

I like a brawl just as much as the next guy. I just happen to believe that sportsmanship is far more important than comprimising someones career. I take it you supported Bertusi's sucker punch as well?

henderson did NOTHING wrong. whats he supposed to do sit there and wait for the trainers to come out and wake him up so they can keep fighting. I (along with i'm sure all of you) have seen that kinda of thing happen PLENTY of times and no one says ANYTHING but now because its a big PPV event people are up in arms..get real he's got the adrenaline pumping and yeah he didn't like the guy.whatever

Matt, I've seen a lot of sucker punches and let me tell you, Bertuzzi's was not the worst. If you watch the tape, Yes it was bad and I don't condone it in any way. But it wasn't the sucker punch that broke the guy's neck, It was the unneccesary piling on of the other players that did the damage. The player was "out before he hit the ice but when six other player jumped on his back, he was lucky it wasn't worse. As for Henderson, he didn't do anything wrong. Get over it!

I feel that Henderson just put a huge exclamation point on the win.i mean jeez he made dang sure that Bisping didn't get back up or have a chance to recuperate.I know it's not like working security,but when you whip someones ass you make dang sure they can't get back up to star over.He did his job and thats what he was there for.

God Bless,
JC

Matt,
Lets not forget this is an extremely emotional sport and the fighters barely have a chance to catch their breath before they are being interviewed in the ring. Some people can control their adrenalin a little better then others, but if you ask me, the UFC likes this type of controversy because it gets people talking about the UFC. Otherwise they would wait a little longer before interviewing them.
That being said, Henderson did nothing wrong as fighters are trained to keep going until the fight is stopped by the ref or the bell.
Maybe you've never competed in such a physical sport, and my guess is you haven't. So unless you take up some MMA yourself, either shut up and watch, or don't watch at all. The last thing we need is some bleeding heart liberal, who has never put on a pair of gloves that weren't his driving gloves, trying to understand a sport he clearly never will. Only to complain and whine about the sport because it doesn't mesh with his liberal views of "sportsmanship" and "everyones a winner" attitude's that make me puke.
No where does it say that anyone "has" to be a good sport or show good sportsmanship. If GSP does then great for him, not everyone is GSP, that's what is so great about it. They can react anyway they want. And when you climb in the ring and put the work in, you can react any way you want also. It's people like you that cry about sportsmanship and complain like pansies, that ruin the raw sport that it is. This isn't your kids little league baseball organization where everyone is a winner and everyone gets a trophy. This is the real world, where winners and losers let their emotions out any way they please, whether people like it or not. If the real world is too much for you, I suggest you get to the little league field early so you can make sure to let all the kids know "how their supposed to act".

Common now, Matt. This is a dead end arguement. UFC fighters
go until the bell rings or the refferee stops the fight. Henderson
went until the ref stopped the fight and then he stopped. His
second punch was merely for insurance to ensure that the fight
was stopped. It happens all the time in fights. If you want to act
all high and mighty, going on about sportsmanship and all that, I
suggest you find an article about Brock Lesnar where you might
be able to make a legitimate point. Although, Lesnar has already
issued a seemingly sincere apology for his behaviour. Though one
can't help but wonder if he would have apologized if Dana hadn't
torn him a new one.

I think Hendo just gave Bisping a new ring name.
He should now be introduced as
Michael (out for "The Count") Bisping.
Put that in your pipe & smoke it, Bisping.

I think it's funny Matt keeps preching sportsmanship. Bisping talking trash the whole time and dan letting it slide is just a bad as henderson getting one extra brutal blow in. I have seen several fights where guys are laid out and the guy gets up to 5-6 extra shots in. Fact is if you watch henderson he is one of the most gracious fighters usually and is very humble. He always thanks the fighters win or lose and never says anything bad. In Bisping's case he talked a little bigger then he could back up and pissed off a senior citizen with a nasty bite lol.U-S-A lol.

set back UFC a few years? lets be honest, he delivered a vicious deliberate crushing right hand to the head of an opponent, he knew was prone. DO i need to remind anyone of his experience, he knew & he did it. The blow was potentially lethal & could have wiped the UFC off the planet had he killed him or left him permanently brain damaged. Dont make ridiculous excuse like 'he asked for it' - he got knocked out cold by a great shot & instead we're discussing the validity of the last punch. It was the King of all King hits.

you want MMA to be taken seriously ?

Just to clarify and finalize my thoughts. I have trained and competed in both boxing and jujitsu for more than 7 years. I have felt the rush and have been there. So your comments are unjustified.

I'm not here to take part in personal attacks.I simply stated my point. Agree or disagree you are entitled to your's as I am to mine.

This is what seperates the line between sportsmanship and those who seek violence for violence sake. Hitting an opponent who is clearly stiff from being rocked is a pathetic thing to do and only continues to fuel the apparantly not-so-far-off view that American-style mma is primarily for meatheads who seek bloodthirst.

That said, im a big fan of Dan and i don't hate him because of this error of judgement.

After watching the ultimate fighter US vs. UK I gained alot of respect for Dan Henderson. He was a good coach, stayed calm and collective and showed professionalism and maturity, (qaulities thought un-existent of UFC fighters from the public unfamiliar with the UFC). Although Bisping did run his mouth a bit, I still gained respect for him as well when watching the close bond he formed with his team and the way he trained them with determined tenacity. In the fight between the two, nothing shocking or foreign happened. Henderson knocked Bisping unconscious and he kept going until he was stopped. If fighters in the octagon did not do this out of fear of hitting a blacked out opponent, they could possibly recover and be a further threat later in the fight, its simply the nature of the sport. Henderson's comment at the end was if anything unecessary, however it was just a by-product of the adrenaline and exctasy of winning in front of a monstrous crowd. Even though I know MMA is brutal, and the fighters are aware of this when signing their contracts, I couldn't help but wince when Bisping was hit again after he was out cold. Not only is it humiliating in front of such an audience, but the fact it brought mass enjoyment to viewers engaged in bloodlust was a bit much for me. I guess I just felt bad for the guy, Henderson did nothing wrong, but I do believe if this type of brutality continues in the sport it will be banned again. Or, on the other side of things, become more accepted and mainstream.

MMA is a "Full Contact" sport, this is NOT Flag Football. People get hurt when they fight for a living, and they shouldn't fight if they don't want to get hurt. It's that simple, end of story.

The reality is that Matt & Patrick are both unbelievably stupid & ignorant. Matt, nobody wants to hear your pathetic whining and crying thoughts about the fight. Who cares what you think, you're opinion is completely irrelevant. Patrick is probably Matt's retarded brother, whining about a punch possibly killing Bisping. Get real you moron, you're not going to die from a punch to the head. Hopefully the two retards (Matt & Patrick) will graduate from high school at some point, and then they can quit posting ignorant comments.

Who forced Matt & Patrick to watch the UFC? I was not under the impression that anyone is forced to watch the UFC. If you two little girls don't like the violence, then go back to watching your Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz movies!

STFU Matt seems like you don't know shyt about MMA. Do you think Dan is stupid enough to risk a loss if he didn't go after him when he knocked him out? Bispus could've regained concious and the outcome would've been different. Idiot

Listen, in the heat of the fight things happen. As for MMA being banned if the guy died, give me a freakin break. Do you kow how many boxers have died in the ring or on the way to the hospital a sa result of their boxing match? Too many to mention, and yet no one would even think of banning it. So to whoever brought that nonsense up, know what you're talking about first. In order for a state to regulate the sport, like boxing or MMA, they are clearly advised and briefed that "death" can be a result. The difference between MMA and boxing is that a fighter in MMA doesn't continuously get beat in the head round after round, taking serious damage which could result in immediate death or death shortly after. Once a fighter in MMA has shown a lack of defense the fight is called, regardless of the fighters will. That is done to protect the fighter. So if you look at it realistically, MMA and the UFC are are a lot safer for a fighter than boxing. But still the unfortunate result of death can still occur and I'm sure one day it will happen.
The question then is, why is it ok for boxers to die from a result of their fight and the sport not be labled a "blood sport", yet even the "mention" of someone dying in the UFC has idiots and others saying that "if it happens it will be banned again"?
I'm sorry, but when that day comes, the UFC's biggest defense will be the sport of boxing and how many boxers have died in the ring without so much as a mention of banning it. Sorry but MMA is here to stay, deaths or no deaths.

mma being full contact has nothing to do with the issue of hitting an opponent who is clearly incapacitated. Even though Dan admitted to it in the postfight interview, he didn't have to because anyone who follows combat sports knew that the first shot wasn't a flash ko.

Also, the excuse that because it's allowed in the rulebook doesn't fly either. Just because something is allowed doesn't mean the action taken is ethical to the nature of competition. Most people who enjoy competition like watching people playing on an even playing field. When one person is incapacitated, to continue to compete even if allowed is poor sportsmanship.

btw, this is the logic of all people who abuse others....i was just following orders...my owning a slave was legal...etc... what happens is people who desire to abuse others will strive for power (the clever ones at least) under the cloak of political authority to convey legitimacy.

I have no issue with what happened in the fight. But Steve, by the sounds of things you've had one too many punches to the head.
I quote you "Get real you moron, you're not going to die from a punch to the head". I think your the moron saying you can't die form a punch to the head.
Ever heard of a brain hemorrhage??? I've seen in the ring and it's horrific!!

You IDIOT!!

like they always say, "it's not over until the ref sings". I thought it was a good clean fight. All respect to the better fighter(Dan Henderson). If you think other wise, do what Matt does,go for the balls.

I watched the fight and ya after running his mouth Henderson shut him up in a big way.
But be serious examine the fight from a competitive environment. the follow up punch was on its way as Bisping was on his way to the mat. Dan wasnt going to wait or second guess if he was out he was going to finish things, period! ANYONE who fights in a sport like MMA , Jujistsu or Judo, you dont let go or back off until the REFEREE stops the fight. EVEN if they tap because thats not what wins, I have watched people have arms broken and choked unconsious because the ref didnt stop the action in time. Thats how it is.
OK Dan MIGHT have realized on some level Bisping was out but you do NOT let your opponent back up. watch Rampage vs Liddell, or other Liddell fights, Brutal knock outs and the guys are still going after them.
I used to respect Bisping before he started this 'bad boy' attitude ala rampage, well looks like he got his.
RESPECT!
If you want to talk about a jerk talk about how Brock acted in his fight. JERK!

I watched the fight and ya after running his mouth Henderson shut him up in a big way.
But be serious examine the fight from a competitive environment. the follow up punch was on its way as Bisping was on his way to the mat. Dan wasnt going to wait or second guess if he was out he was going to finish things, period! ANYONE who fights in a sport like MMA , Jujistsu or Judo, you dont let go or back off until the REFEREE stops the fight. EVEN if they tap because thats not what wins, I have watched people have arms broken and choked unconsious because the ref didnt stop the action in time. Thats how it is.
OK Dan MIGHT have realized on some level Bisping was out but you do NOT let your opponent back up. watch Rampage vs Liddell, or other Liddell fights, Brutal knock outs and the guys are still going after them.
I used to respect Bisping before he started this 'bad boy' attitude ala rampage, well looks like he got his.
RESPECT!
If you want to talk about a jerk talk about how Brock acted in his fight. JERK!

How many times have you seen a fight where somebody gets knocked out and comes back to. The fight wasnt stopped yet and because of that Hendo kept fighting. Your taught to go until your told to stop in every sport in the world. saying hendo set anything back or he did something wrong is idiotic to say the least. Im guessing your a lightweight and have never been knocked out before or been in a REAL fighting situation. Us normal size folk, we go for broke, wish Hendo would have gotten 2 or 3 more big shots in.

In the end we all win.... dont have to hear that stupid accent for a few weeks.

Matt, please, if you watch the flying fist from hell that henderson delivered in real time, instead of the slow motion replay, you'd realize that Michael
"Down for the Count" Bisping was bouncing up from the mat as Hendo was in air. This sport is fast, between the time Bisping hit the mat, his hands
were up, possibly looking like he was still defending, and by the time Bisping hit the mat with arms down, Hendo was already coming down with fist in face.
The point is, that's milliseconds, too quick to decide out or not "should I pull up." Don't lose respect for Hendo because he's faster than the ref and Bisping.
Let me ask you was Bisping classless when he kept punching Josh Haynes because the ref hadn't stopped it even though Haynes was asleep on his feet?
How about Mir continuing to torque Lesnar's leg even though he tapped? If you actually watch it in slow motion, it even looks like Hendo kissed his right hand
before delivering the flying fist. As far it goes with his comment afterwards, do you think maybe it was trashtalking, just like Bisping did pre-fight for months? Why is
it that guys like Mir and Bisping can talk shit for months on end cutting guys down, disrespecting their disciplines, but after the fight it's considered classless?
Disrespect is disrespect, end of story man. Drop the double standard.

Matt ur a biatch

Matt ur a biatch

The article is right, “Dan did nothing wrong by hitting Bisping one more time”. I have read the comments and there is some name calling and such. The real point that needs to be written about is Dan is a legend and a 2 time prior Olympian. He has helped MMA become what it is. A contributing factor to MMA’s fan base. He is respected and has a great following. MMA is a sport of intimidation, because intimidation is a factor in contact sports.

Think of other sports:
Did you ever see a batter tell Nolan Ryan that he sucks and he was past his prime? Where do you think the location of Nolan’s next pitch would have been? Try that one on the big unit!!
Tell Pete Rose that he is afraid to go for an extra base!
Tell Roy Williams or Polamalu that you think they can’t tackle.
Try running a route across the middle and you have to jump up as high as you can to catch a ball and the meanest line backer in football is coming full speed at you. That is intimidation!!!
If you have a pitcher that throws nearly 100 miles an hour, you will think twice about crowding the plate when you know that guy will not hesitate to throw at you. That is intimidation!!
Bisping should have had respect for Dan because he is a legend and because he is a dangerous guy if he wants to be. Bisping wouldn’t tell the big unit that he is too old. He wouldn’t tell a tough line backer that he can’t hit. ETC……
The next guy that Dan fights won’t open his mouth like Bisping, but he will think about that right hand, he will think about rotating towards that right hand and he will think about what happens if he makes Dan really mad. That is intimidation!!
My advice to guys that have never won a major fight: Be quiet , show respect, don’t motivate a bear to train hard and to take that extra shot. There were two bears that woke up on the 11th and the result was devastating for the guys at the end of that wrath.
Bottom line….Dan is a man. He wasn’t joking when he threw that extra punch. He knew what he was doing and it wasn’t a reaction because he was worried Bisping would get up from the canvas. Bisping showed complete disrespect. Disrespect that you wouldn’t show any of the greats in any sport. Dan had to win and win big for himself and his brothers that built the MMA.
Bisping remember…“Keep your friends close and your enemy’s closer” Sun Tzu

"Sadly Dan Henderson took the low raod and single handidly set mma back several years"

Are you kidding me? The only thing missing was Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American". That should have been cued up immediately following the second punch!

You wanna talk about setting mma back several years...Let's talk about Brock "I may even climb on top of my wife" Classy! Now here's a guy who has Dana in a world of shit! Do you fine a guy who blatantly calls out your sponsor (Bud Light)...Where do you think the money comes from Brock? What does Dana do here..He wants the UFC (mma) to reach the next level, yet he has his "champion" disgrace one of his key sponsors...LIVE!! If this was a major sport (i.e NFL, NKL, NBA ETC) his ass would be fined BIG TIME. What's Dana going to do??? My guess is nothing. Its a no win situation for Dana.

"Sadly Dan Henderson took the low raod and single handidly set mma back several years"

Are you kidding me? The only thing missing was Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American". That should have been cued up immediately following the second punch!

You wanna talk about setting mma back several years...Let's talk about Brock "I may even climb on top of my wife" Classy! Now here's a guy who has Dana in a world of shit! Do you fine a guy who blatantly calls out your sponsor (Bud Light)...Where do you think the money comes from Brock? What does Dana do here..He wants the UFC (mma) to reach the next level, yet he has his "champion" disgrace one of his key sponsors...LIVE!! If this was a major sport (i.e NFL, NKL, NBA ETC) his ass would be fined BIG TIME. What's Dana going to do??? My guess is nothing. Its a no win situation for Dana.

i think your all idiots and u all lick dans balls go kimbo slice

back to daycare lick ..

im not crucifying Dan - he made an error in judgement and should say so. simple. The SPORT doesnt need it or want it whether you guys like it or not. I watched the UK v USA series and he was a great coach & a great guy & i thought he'd do what he did, knock him out, on experience alone. Sure Bisping ran his mouth, doesnt that happen every series ????? I didnt think he'd do what he did though. Watch it again & again - it was late & Dan was well aware. Its a sickening cheap shot - and as Joe Rogan points out, his legs go into spasm after the 2nd one, which can easily cause brain & spinal damage. Man up Dan, the sport is changing for a reason.

Seriously, youre into Lesnar getting into Bud ?? hahahaha i thought Lesnar was perfect. Mir called Lesnar's punches like 'his little sister pulling his hair', gave him no chance and deserved every bit of disrespect, including the no-touch. Even Herb Dean stunned me almost demanding at times, that he needed to stay busy & Mir's face somehow looked like Bolognaise sauce .. ? Get over it you guys - you hate the fact this 'fake wrestler' now holds the title to the 'greatest sport in the world' & seems he will be for some time.

I think the point is that Hendo is a hard hitter, we know that and he knows and now Bisping knows it too!!.

If Hendo knew he was out cold he shouldn't have thrown that second punch. MMA is more than being brutal, if you have an opponent beat fine, punching a guy when he is out can cause serious medical problems.

You can't fault Henderson here. Like many have said, you fight until the ref stops the fights. If the ref had been a little slower, Henderson may have got a few more punches in (another poster mentioned how damn fast Hendo is).

Can you picture it: Hendo beating Bisping's face to a pulp. Possibly breaking his neck because there is no muscle control (as he was knocked out by the first punch). Shit, what if the ref had a heart attack? Hendo would be forced to beat Bisping's face into a brain and blood pancake while at the same time turning his fists into mush.

I actually feel sorry for Hendo.

Classic Liberals though would have us believe that Hendo has responsibility over his actions vis-a-vis punching the unconscious, supine Bisping in the face multiple times. WRONG! It is the ref's responsibility to control Hendo's actions - not Hendo's. Nanny staters.

-Internet Tough Guy

Are you serious?! A sanctioned fighter in a sport like the UFC doesn't fight "until the bell or a referee stops him"; he fights until he wins. If the opponent is unconscious, he's won. Only a sadistic brute is going to take a grossly unsportsmanlike cheap shot. The greatest appeal of MMA is that these fighters - who have a natural gift - have disciplined themselves to compete with an intensity and determination that most human beings just can't fathom. These aren't dog fights. To insinuate that a UFC fighter is some sort of automaton who swings until the bell rings - who doesn't have a heightened will and focus behind the intent of every action is suggesting that they're less than human instead of superhuman. Having your way with an unconscious opponent is wholly inappropriate. Period. Oh...and what exactly is a "Classic Liberal" and how in the world does that relate at all to a sport/art that transcends petty politics?

lol ITG .. look again, i got money says you will see contrition - what will say you then, when the man himself says it was the wrong thing to do? you'll stand your ground coz youre an ITG ;). A pre-requisite of sport is sportsmanship & lets face it, this wasnt in Dans nature & he's already admitted as much.

He did nothing wrong? Are you kidding? He even essentially admitted that he knew Bisping was out after the first punch, thus making another punch unnecessary.

He did what he was supposed to do? Really? So if the ref has heart attack in the cage, the fighter should just ignore that and keep pounding an unconscious opponent? Please!

There's a little thing called humanity...look into it.

im not even a fan of UFC but i watched 100 and saw how that Bisping bitch was talkin shit about the USA in the pre fight footage and i was happy to see Dan Henderson (USA) totally pummel that british bitch. What can the UK say? Nothin. Just like when Floyd Mayweather shut the mouth of undefeated Ricky Hatton with a knock out. I loved it. USA 2, UK 0, thats my scorecard.

Dan Henderson did exactly what he should've done. The bell didn't ring and the ref did not step in to stop him. Lets not forget that this is MMA and it is a sport for real men and is violent, the fighters know this before they enter the ring. I can name about 20-30 other fights that have ended the sameway, leave Dan Henderson alone. Bisbing is a punk that talks to much trash and he got what he deserved. I could watch that knock out over and over again.

The sport is MMA - Mixed Martial Arts. The martial arts mentality is based on respect for your opponent. Yeah Bisping ran his mouth, put he didn't try to put Hendo in a wheelchair. Like many people I wanted to see Hendo win this fight - but unloading a punch on a man you admitted to know was unconcious is a weak, p*ssy ass thing to do. Anyone who enjoyed Bisping taking that punch while he was out is probably a weak little b*tch who thinks he's tough by talking about it. I used to like Hendo, now I hope Silva teaches him a second lesson!

You got to love people who make comments like "You'll set MMA back a hundred years".

Or "MMA won't be around after this." What a crock! Its hear to stay even if Bisping died.

I say "they bought their tickets they deserve to die."

Brock lensar and dana white are fucking pussies

You mean to tell me that after all the adreneline flowing through in a fight taht big, taht Hedo was supposed to lay off? This si a fight with big implications, and big money as a reward. If Bisping hadn't been out, and Hendo didn't take advantage of that the fight could have gone the other way. I don't think that he knew he was out for sure. There was a lot of drama between these two. It is part of the sport. if you are playing football you don't go easy on an opponent that may be able to come back and beat you. He did nothing wrong, and all the people who say he is a poor sport, i think would have a hard time backing off in that situation.

You mean to tell me that after all the adreneline flowing through in a fight that big, Hedo was supposed to lay off? This was a fight with big implications, and big money as a reward. If Bisping hadn't been out, and Hendo didn't take advantage of that the fight could have gone the other way. I don't think that he knew he was out for sure. There was a lot of drama between these two. It is part of the sport. If you are playing football you don't go easy on an opponent that may be able to come back and beat you. He did nothing wrong, and all the people who say he is a poor sport, I think would have a hard time backing off in that situation.

Wow! If Matt could possibly be any more of an obvious troll I honestly believe you guys would fall for it even more. This is why I love MMA and I hate the fans; why I left fighting altogether. The average MMA fan is completely oblivious to anything obvious and tries to over explain things to the point of confusion. See what I did there, you goddamn idiots? Kill yourselves.

It is the job of the fighter to finish the fight. He fought till he was stopped. He didn't push past the ref to hit him again. Dan did nothing wrong and this is a non-issue.

You guys have to be kidding after all the pre fight hype and all the smart ass antics from Bisping? Way to go Dan Henderson!!!
Shut his mouth and good. Bisping derserves it. And who is to say that IF he actually could knock out anyone else that he wouldnt do exactly the same thing? Shut up your whining about Dan Henderson.

"btw, this is the logic of all people who abuse others....i was just following orders...my owning a slave was legal...etc... what happens is people who desire to abuse others will strive for power (the clever ones at least) under the cloak of political authority to convey legitimacy."

Seriously?!! That is where you are going with that. Hendo hit Bisping while he was out, and on the matt. He finished a fight and you compare it to slave ownership? WOW!! Nice work Dave. Way to put the puzzle together.

Anybody else find it funny that people are making a controversy about a 2nd punch when it was 100% legal... and trashing Henderson's rep because of one punch.... He is almost as good a sportsman as GSP.... Don't believe me look at Ultimate Fighter 9 haha Henderson all calm through all the trash Bisbing talked throughout the series and the interviews and thoughts about this fight.... Bisping said that he would knock out Henderson in the first round... O LOOK U DED haha GJ Henderson shoulda hit him the 3 more times you could have got in before the ref stopped you.

Anybody else find it funny that people are making a controversy about a 2nd punch when it was 100% legal... and trashing Henderson's rep because of one punch.... He is almost as good a sportsman as GSP.... Don't believe me look at Ultimate Fighter 9 haha Henderson all calm through all the trash Bisbing talked throughout the series and the interviews and thoughts about this fight.... Bisping said that he would knock out Henderson in the first round... O LOOK U DED haha GJ Henderson shoulda hit him the 3 more times you could have got in before the ref stopped you.

The author is correct, Henderson finished like any figher would- continuing until the referee stops it.
His post fight comment is unkind, but irrelevant. The real tradgedy is that Bisping (even though I dislike him)
had to take that second blow while unconcious. Even one of those causes severe brain damage,
when the body is limp and the brain really rattles hard. Look at what happened to Oscar Diaz
against Delvin Rodriguez lately, or read about former great champ Wilfred Benitez...or look at Gerry or Mike Quarry,
Leon Spinks, or Ali. Did referee Yamasaki do a good job?- as good as anyone can
in the sport. But, really, there is a reason boxing uses much more padded
gloves- and even boxing has many, many brain casualties. It's only a matter of time
that you will see today's MMA fighter slurring speech or dying young
of early onset dementia. Perhaps the media won't write about it so
you won't hear about it unless you look. But you can bet on it. I hope
there is never a death in the ring, too, but don't be surprised.

What a crock of shite.

Henderson just destryed everything the UFC ia trying to build.

He's an idiot.

Henderson did nothing wrong and all you Bisping fans can go pound salt. You fight until the bell rings or the ref stops the fight and that is exactly what Dan did. He didn't even hit him full out, it was a little exclamation point for all the trashtalk The Count "Me Out" disrespecting the power of Dan's right. So your fighter lost, get over it. War Henderson!!!


One last thing. Remember James Buster Douglas?

He hit Tyson twice and once I the way down. Noboday said anything then.

So I don't want to hear it now.

MATT NEEDS TO WATCH CARTONS.... THOSE ARE FANTASY!
QUIT CRYING YOU BABY BI_CH !

To every one hating on Dan, do your fucking history. There have been many of fights where someone got hit again after they were KO'ed. How about Chuck vs Randy II, did anyone cry then. It happens Now if they keep trying to hit them after the ref tries to stop it then it's messed up but he didn't do that so stop crying like little bitches

Hey Matt,

Stop being a pussy.. Dan wid exactly what all fighters do. If you thought that was bad, MMA is not for you and maybe you should go watch tennis. it makes me sick to see these wimpy posts. I cannot stand people.

Henderson did the right thing. There have been countless matches where, after knocking down his opponent, a fighter hesitates to pounce. Those brief moments are all that many fighters need to shake off a few cobwebs and then mount a defense. For the critics of Henderson, essentially they are saying that Dan should have pre-empted the referee's authority and stopped fighting early on his own accord. First, the rules do not put that decision in the fighters' hands. Second, fighters who do hesitate after knocking down their opponent often pay dearly for doing so.

Hendo is a great fighter, no doubt. Dan has KO'd more than 1 fighter in his career. Did anyone see the video where he kisses his right hand AFTER he dropped Bisping and THEN dropped the second shot? Dan knew well what he was doing. And there have been many other fighters in the UFC that are aware of when their opponent is down and can no longer defend themselves intelligently. Was the second shot necessary? Nope. Should Dan be condemned? Nope. That's the sport. Dan stops when the ref stops him. He's not an animal trying to end careers or kill people. If you circle into his right hand, bad things happen. It's a known fact to anyone who watches MMA. It's historical and Bisping didn't listen to his corner after the first round. He circled to his left and got caught. No surprises to anyone. And this is a blog, why insult people for having a different opinion? That's the whole point of a blog.

Matt, you are completely right.

Henderson did a similar sinister/cheap shot to Wanderlei Silva
when he had him sparked out on the deck in their fight....
@ 16:30 mins
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9lchy ... a-pr_sport

Bisping is lucky he didnt end up with a broken neck.
Smashing someone in such brutal fashion when he is clearly
stretched-out on the floor unconscious and unable to defend
himself cannot be acceptable if MMA wants to more than an
underground sport.

Was it right for Henderson to kiss his right hand before attempting
to maim and serious injure an unconscious Michael Bisping? Thats
not sport, thats sick. Everyone loves a fight, but what Henderson
did in unleashing that second blow was beyond the realms of sport.

My hats off to both fighters for their show. Anyone who condemns Dan Henderson for agressively plying his trade shouldnt be watching this sport. Every fighter would of continued to fight until the ref stopped the fight or the bell rang. Chalk one up for the USA and Dan the Man Henderson.If you watched the Ultimate Fighter show, Mr. Bisbing was a little cocky himself and this was a good matchup to see. Thanks to Dana and all the fighters and good luck to all.

You're a joke if you think he did nothing wrong. What a tough guy, taking a cheap shot when the guy is already knocked out.

Matt - You most likely played the trumet in the High School band! Dan Henderson it the ultimate professional! Bisby talked so much crap and was sop unprofessional that he got what he deserved. A major beating! If you have nothing to do but cry about the UFC that don't buy it. It is a pay per-view. So all you cry babbies on this post should just not buy it. It is very simple!

Matt - You most likely played the trumet in the High School band! Dan Henderson it the ultimate professional! Bisby talked so much crap and was sop unprofessional that he got what he deserved. A major beating! If you have nothing to do but cry about the UFC that don't buy it. It is a pay per-view. So all you cry babbies on this post should just not buy it. It is very simple!

Matt - You most likely played the trumet in the High School band! Dan Henderson it the ultimate professional! Bisby talked so much crap and was sop unprofessional that he got what he deserved. A major beating! If you have nothing to do but cry about the UFC that don't buy it. It is a pay per-view. So all you cry babbies on this post should just not buy it. It is very simple!

its funny how people are pointing out this specific match when if you watch ANY knockout during an MMA match, even if the opponent is knocked out, they go until the ref calls it. do a search for knockouts and look at all the times people are still punching when the guy is obviously out... take a look at the youtube of the yvel - rizzo match recently during ultimate chaos... that was crazy.

it wasn't a cheap shot - in real time, it was a bang-bang play.

now, what lesnar did after his match may scar MMA...

I dont see how in any way Hendo landed a cheap shot, in many cases a punch will take another fighter down ansd they may look like they are out but thats not always the case. Take the Ultimate finale for instance, Sanchez droped Guida with a devistating blow but a split secind later Guida was back on his feet.Had Bisping not been knocked out and Henderson didnt follow through who knows how the fight may have turned out.To say Henderson did nothing wrong is an understatment, he did everything right.Fighters instinct , fight until it is over he stayed on him until he knew it was over.Job well done.

The idiocy being displayed here is sad...all this fighting til the bell rings crap is just that...crap. Henderson is a veteran fighter, he knew Bisping was out, and he purposely went in for that second shot to punish him a bit. That point cannot even be disputed, he already admitted to it. Now whether you think that is bush league or not can be debated. In my opinion, it is a little weak to something like that, but with all the crap Bisping talked before this fight, he sort of had it coming, and I don't really blame Hendo for doing it...All the people coming out of the wood work calling people retards and bitches for saying the last shot was a cheap shot are idiots...punching someone who is obviously unconscious is weak, it always has been...

I am also still trying to figure out what all the idiots are talking about someone recovering from a punch like that and coming back to win the fight...still can't understand that point at all...are people really trying to claim that bisping could have somehow come to, gotten to his feet and come back to win the fight had Hendo not gone in for that second shot?

I really do not think Henerson new he was knocked out. When you are in a fight and you are pumped up it is hard to think. I think he just admitted it after because he was talking his own crap. Patrick I am sure you play the flute in the local bad, If you don't like it don't watch it!

UFC 100 was just awesome. The Hendo vs. Bisping fight totally delivered, and I jumped and cheered when Dan KO'd Bisping. I believe Dan did not do anything wrong. Could something terrible have happened on the landing of that 2nd strike, possibly, but since it didn't then we will never know.
I do admire GSP for his constant sportsmanship and class. Are all fighters supposed to act that way? It would be nice, but no; and this is not necessarily a nice sport, either.
To address the constant flaming of Matt & Patrick's posts: I disagree with your opinion, but I respect your ability to address it coherently, and with intelligence. Disregard those here who can only shout insults, and slander you for your opinions. They are the ones who give true MMA fans a bad image.

Fedor vs. Lesnar, let's see it happen!

Henderson did nothing wrong. He downed his opponent and instinctively pounced on him until the ref stopped the fight. Did he know he was out? Yes, probably, but the fight continues until the ref stops it or the bell rings. Watch any of his fights, Henderson is a very aggressive fighter and would've probably done the same thing in any of them.

IMO it was the perfect ending. Only way it would've been better is if they were fighting in the UK. Bisping never stood a chance and it was a poor matchup. He's nowhere near the caliber of fighter as Henderson and that was proven from the the 1st minute of round 1. The UFC is just trying to expand overseas and Bisping was the great hype from the UK

Who ever is complaining about this, i agree should shut up. Every fighter keeps going until the ref jumps in. If Bisping did that to Hendo i bet know one would be complaining. First of all Bisping was stupid for talking crap and saying he was going to "knock out" Dan Henderson... no. Hendo has an awesome chin, Rampage couldnt do it and neither could Wanderle Silva along with many others and for Bisping to say this who is someone who has not a had a single knock out in his career... he's had tko's but never knocked someone out. Bisping got what was coming to him and that is how this sport works... everyone needs to stop bitching

Matt, I respect your opinion, but in terms of right or wrong, I think you are definately wrong. It is his job to fight until the ref stops him, and he started that forearm drop before Bisping even hit the canvas. Do you honestly expect Dan to stop and think, 'Hmmm....I might have knocked him out, I better wait and see before I pounce.' Anyone who reads this post should youtube the end of Pedro Rizzos last fight against Gilbert Yvel. Please do it, it will put things in perspective. Dan had a fraction of a second to react. Lets say Dan would have thrown that first punch and then fallen on his butt...he probably would have had time to see that Bisping was out cold and stopped attacking, but Hendo threw one punch on the feet and followed it up with one punch on the ground to make sure he was out. What if Hendo would have hesitated, Bisping recovered, and then took 100 more shots to the head throughout the fight? To close, do you really think Bisping was brutalized more than Mir or Alves?? Please youtube the end of Pedro Rizzos last fight and tell me if you have any more reservations about Hendo's finish.

Chris

Matt, I respect your opinion, but in terms of right or wrong, I think you are definately wrong. It is his job to fight until the ref stops him, and he started that forearm drop before Bisping even hit the canvas. Do you honestly expect Dan to stop and think, 'Hmmm....I might have knocked him out, I better wait and see before I pounce.' Anyone who reads this post should youtube the end of Pedro Rizzos last fight against Gilbert Yvel. Please do it, it will put things in perspective. Dan had a fraction of a second to react. Lets say Dan would have thrown that first punch and then fallen on his butt...he probably would have had time to see that Bisping was out cold and stopped attacking, but Hendo threw one punch on the feet and followed it up with one punch on the ground to make sure he was out. What if Hendo would have hesitated, Bisping recovered, and then took 100 more shots to the head throughout the fight? To close, do you really think Bisping was brutalized more than Mir or Alves?? Please youtube the end of Pedro Rizzos last fight and tell me if you have any more reservations about Hendo's finish.

Chris

To Ugghh, excellent point about watching the video in real-time. I think people have watched it so many times in slow-motion that they forget how quick it happened. Please people, go watch the replay in real-time! Bang-bang done!

This guys are fighters and they are trained to stop till stopped or bell. mario should have stopped it if any thing , but
we cant blame him for not doing it faster. fact is that this is a fight and the better man one, no one is dead no one is dying
bisping just needs to work on his glass jaw. GOD BLESS THE UFC where real men fight. Now that over growen beast Brock needs to
watch his mouth, and actions , even though it was funny it was on called for young people look up to him, that was in poor taste.

I don't take issue with Henderson's actions during the fight. I can recall several fights that end in similar fashion. It's the fighters responsibility to ensure the win is secured. If not for his comment after the fight I doubt there would be as much controversy as there is. There is a huge difference between hitting a fighter to ensure you get the win, and hitting an unconscious fighter for the sake of revenge. His comment was in extremely poor taste and portrays an image that the UFC has been working hard to stay away from.

Henderson said it was a joke in poor taste in the post fight conference, but his comment will probably remain a stain on his record and probably be referenced by the MMA community for a long time. which is unfortunate because I give him the benefit of the doubt. The second punch showed little to no hesitation and it would be difficult to make proper judgment of the fighters condition, under the circumstances. After all Henderson is a fighter it is not easy to just shut off and hold back, with so much adrenaline and the excitement in the arena.

Both Brock and Henderson's post fight antics were unfortunate, for MMA in general. UFC 100 was a big turning point in MMA going mainstream especially internationally. UFC 100 was a big attempt into introducing a larger fan base to the UFC, and unfortunately it was a poor reflection of what the UFC represents. The UFC has worked hard to present MMA as a professional respectable sport, rather than the barbaric stigma it had attached to it.

Brock Lesnar's actions were especially bad, which was clearly addressed in the post fight conference. I'm sure he got one hell of a scolding after the fight, he looked like a whipped dog in the conference. Unfortunately the people that probably need to see the post fight conference the most won't.

Ok Matt. U want to speak of good sportmanship and such? I agree with u partly, yes good sportsmanship should be mutually shown. But the cold hard truth is that Bisping was an EGOTISTICAL Britt who ran his mouth and got wot he deserved. Hendo did no wrong< he fought UNTIL the ref jumped in to stop him. U didnt see the ref jump in, Hendo back off, Bisping finally recover somewhat and Dan go kick his ass again did u? Nope, so n o harm no foul there I think. But if it would have been me, I would have tried to get a hell of alot more than just one final shot on that British asshole. He was widely disrespectful to Dan, Team US, and this nation if u ask me. And he come right out and said "Tune in, ur going to see Dan Henderson get knocked out for the first time" HAHA. Dan is a friggin legend fools. So paybacks a bitch eh?

the referee was herb dean
not Mario Yamasaki
and good for henderson
fight till the bell rings
or ur pulled off

Herb Dean was the Ref of the Lesner/Mir fight, not the Bisping/Henderson fight. That was Mario Yamasaki
.

If Dan had not stated he knew he was out but hit him again to shut him up there would have been no issue. But the fact that he said that cannot be dismissed as a heat of the action comment.
I beleive he knew what he was doing and his anger got the best of him. He forgot to censor himself.
Thats what makes it bad.

you yanks need to stop this US v UK thing. its f***ing pathetic. fighters are individuals, they represent themselves, not their country.in TUF 9 when our boys whipped ur asses in ur own back yard, we wernt bragging about it, cos we got more class than u inbreds! as for dans follow up punch, he admitted he knew he was unconcious for f***s sake. ok he didnt technicly do anything wrong but he still shouldnt have done it. its called SPORTSMANSHIP, but wouldnt expect any of u inbreds to know anything about that. anyway when he fights silva he will get choked out again, hopefully till hes unconcious. that would shut him up!

you yanks need to stop this US v UK thing. its f***ing pathetic. fighters are individuals, they represent themselves, not their country.in TUF 9 when our boys whipped ur asses in ur own back yard, we wernt bragging about it, cos we got more class than u inbreds! as for dans follow up punch, he admitted he knew he was unconcious for f***s sake. ok he didnt technicly do anything wrong but he still shouldnt have done it. its called SPORTSMANSHIP, but wouldnt expect any of u inbreds to know anything about that. anyway when he fights silva he will get choked out again, hopefully till hes unconcious. that would shut him up!

It was late, it was cheap, it was admitted to.

Name call all you like cause there are differing opnions but I for one will be taking the advice of a previous poster and no longer watch this garbage.

I am glad that it has set the legalise MMA in Ontario campaign back possibly for good.

To say it hasn't set the sport back in any way is at best naive.

It was late, it was cheap, it was admitted to.

Name call all you like cause there are differing opnions but I for one will be taking the advice of a previous poster and no longer watch this garbage.

I am glad that it has set the legalise MMA in Ontario campaign back possibly for good.

To say it hasn't set the sport back in any way is at best naive.

O.k. You guys want to talk about unsportsman like attitudes ?? What Dan Henderson did to the low life Bisping was far less of an attrocity than the words and actions of Brock Lesner at the end of his fight. SET MMA BACK FOR YEARS !!! ?? I'm disgusted by the fact that Dana White and the UFC have stooped so low as to bring this over grown slob into the UFC. I was just beginning to enjoy UFC. I mean look at the line up for the next Ultimate Fighter. All these ex football players and television wrestlers, it's really becoming a joke.

Well matt thanks for for the optimistic opinion of Dan Henderson setting mma back a few years. Man I can't believe that a professional fighter would keep hitting his opponent until the the referee steps in to stop the fight even if the opponent is hurt, I mean the idea of that is just absolutely absurd and not in the spirit of mma. Come on seriously Dan Henderson did NOTHING wrong. In fact he did EVERYTHING RIGHT PERIOD.

Ok, some people have an issue with how Brock handle his business in UFC 100. Know what get over it. People booing before the fight was over thats just retarded. These fighters train hard and if they can win a fight without poking someone in the eye or kicking them in groin then good for them, thats what they are supposed to do and thats exactly what Brock did. People take issues with the fact that he refused to touch gloves with Frank before the fight. Good Hell neither would I with as much CRAP as Frank talked pre fight. Heck I remember the Rampage and Wanderlei fight they refused to tap gloves pre-fight and it was deemed as more than acceptable and would have been looked at as odd if they had. Frank got everything he was asking for and I mean EVERYTHING. I watched the prefight interviews and UFC pre-fight specials and so much crap spilled out of Frank Mir 's mouth that it was ridiculous. I got so sick of all his cocky and snide remarks, I was well pleased to see him get his face punished by Brock's fist like a big meat tenderizer does to a big fat dumb steak. Say what you want but thats what Frank deserved and thats what he got. Like him or hate him Brock took care of business just like he promised and just like he was supposed to do. People need to lay off of Brock and shut up. MMA is not just an extremely competetive sport it is an extremely emotional sport and what Brock did was not the worst disrepectful thing I've witnessed a winner do inside the octagon. Flipping off the crowd whatever probably not his most shining moment and I probably wouldn't have done that but those Rat Bastadges shouldn't have been booing in the first place. Bottom line is Brock has shown he derserves to be in the UFC and if he doesn't then neither do the people that Brock has defeated on his way to becoming the UFC Undisputed Heavy Weight Champion.

Oh and last but not least. Bisping is a Douche Bag my brother and I made that prophetic statement months ago before Dan made that statement on TUF. Not only is Bisping a Douche Bag but is not an undeniable idiot. Come on Bisping anyone with "half a brain cell" doesn't circle around to Dan Henderson vicious right hand. I guess now its not DEBATABLE if Bisping has half a brain cell like he accused Dan of not having since we all know now and so do all the millions around the world that watched UFC 100 saw the UK's pride and joy display the contents of his gray matter to the world, and as it turns it its not even close to being half a brain cell. Dan made Bisping look like dumb wanker he is. Maybe next time he'll not talk so much crap before a fight.

Clearly I dug into some raw emotion with some of you with little respect. I voiced my opionion which is what is encouraged in this setting.

Henderson admited his actions which is what the issue is about. There have been hundreds of late hits in this sport. Many of which were the result of the heat of the moment and many intentional. The disheartening thought is that of all people Dan should have showed class and not jeopordized the health of his rival.

I have been a fan of this sport and have personally trained and competed on an ameteur level for nearly 20 years. I'm sadened to see such a site and to be attacked on a forum as this. It only goes to show that the level of humanity is low in our society.

i cant believe you ppl think dan is in the wrong. why dont you go watch fights like gonzaga vs cro cop... gonzaga puts cro cop down with a head kick, cro cop went limp and gonzaga hit with 3 more bombs before the ref stopped it and nobody said anythings about that. and then my next example is when roger huerta got knocked about by clay guida in the second round, the ref didnt see it... roger recovered enough to last the rest of the round and then comes back to submit clay guida in the next round. to me that is a perfect example of what can happen when if the ref doesnt stop the fight. you give your opponent a chance to come back and beat you!!! now i have never competed in a sanctioned fight but i did wrestle in high school, and when you put somebody on their back even if you know their flat you dont let them up until the ref blows his whistle and slaps his hand on the mat, and its the same thing here. what happens if DAN doesn't throw that second punch and bisping comes back before the ref saw that he was knocked out and comes back to beat dan... dan looks like a moron because he let up when the fight WASN'T FINISHED!

Regardless of whether Henderson's second blow was justified, his post fight interview was a disgrace and it turned off a lot of people. Bisping was still stiff as a board in the background - he looked dead. It was no time for Henderson to even joke about intentionally hitting him when he was unconscious. It did nothing but hurt the reputation of Henderson and the UFC.

Lesnar and Henderson showed sides of the sport that a lot of us don't want to see. And it was completely unnecessary - both had great fights that they should have let speak for them.

Posted by Eric | July 12, 2009 22:20 I think Hendo just gave Bisping a new ring name.
He should now be introduced as
Michael (out for "The Count") Bisping.
Put that in your pipe & smoke it, Bisping.


a nuff sad!!!!! usa 1 uk f!@# nothing

Posted by Eric | July 12, 2009 22:20 I think Hendo just gave Bisping a new ring name.
He should now be introduced as
Michael (out for "The Count") Bisping.
Put that in your pipe & smoke it, Bisping.


a nuff sad!!!!! usa 1 uk f!@# nothing

Sadly we are hearing more from the people who enjoy the violence more than the competition - someone said 'it could set back UFC 100 years' - it only needs to go back 10 years and EVERYBODY loses, fans, fighters, promoters & most importantly, sponsors.

Smartest thing BUD could do is a parody-ad with Brock of the whole 'incident' - America coined the term, 'there's no such thing as bad press. True for Bud Light, not so for the UFC, thanks as much to the mentality of people like the ones here, as Dan Henderson's mistakes.

USA got a black eye mate - Henderson won but at what cost to his rep & it has no bearing on the fact, that as far as the USA v UK series went, the US got its arse handed to it in every dept.

It's all been said before. This is definitely a sport that runs high on adrenaline.Both Bisbing and Mir (and Mirs camp) ran their mouths off way too much prior to the fights. The old saying goes - If your going kick a sleeping dog your gonna get bit. They both got bit .
As one of the other writers stated, if you don't want to hear the truth don't interview them 30 seconds after a fight. As for Hendersons punch - I didn't hear this much whining when Rampage hit Noquera 3 times after he knocked him and the ref had a hold of him. It's a fight. Perhaps Mir won't talk trash about Lesnars family, education or anything else after this - hopefully the mouth piece won't be able to talk at all.

look guys bottom line is we all know the chances these guys take when they signed on in the UFC its a full contact sport and these fighters train hard everyday to be the best they can be so when there in the octagon there in there to knock each other out peroid so the question is do you really think we they land a devastating blow and the fighter goes down in that split second do you really think the guy is thinking about ok i just knocked him out im going to get revenge for all the trash talking and land another devastating blow? my answer would be no these fighters are caught in the moment and in my opinion dan henderson didnt do anything wrong like the other guy said you fight until the ref stops the fight thats what these guys are trained to do and as far as hendos comments after the fight thats the show part of the mma to hype things up for future events so all im going to say is dan henderson great win grats keep up the good work i didnt see any harm in the fight

Give Henderson AND Lesnar a break....anyone who moments
earlier just finished competing in a sport in which the object is
to knock your opponent unconcious or choke him out will,
understandably, have a bit of an emotional high for a while after
the fight and might make remarks that are guided by emotion. Get
over it. Despite what Henderson said about shutting Bisping-a-ling
up, he really hit him a second time to make sure B-bing did not
stand up and keep fighting. Henderson did not have time to pause
and think about it-- ask any fighter if you have no ring experience.
Like I posted earlier - it's a really dangerous sport- no way around it.
As for Lesnar flipping off the crowd for booing him- why not?- I'll bet
many of you flip people off while drviing yor car today. The guy
was shown total disrespect by Mir's unsportsmanlike home
crowd and he simply retaliated in a defensive way. Good for
Lesnar..he demands mutual respect- not a crime. Not everyone
can be as nice as GSP..I've always known that Canadians are
nicer than us neighbors to the south.

Lets be real guys. Heat of the moment. Henderson did exactly what he was trained to do. Bisping talked a lot of shit before the fight and he got what he deserved. No matter how the fight ended, I don't think there would have been any hugs after that fight. It was a great punch, but Hendo only had a second to either go in for the finish or just stand there. Imagine if he didn't go for the finish, Bisping was able to grab on for dear life, recover and then eek out a decision. By the way, I don't remember this kind of an uproar when Gonzaga kicked CroCop into next week, then followed up with with three punches on the ground.

Matt its obvious that you know nothing about MMA fighting.
When you fight you fight till the bell rings or the ref stops it. He hit bisbing and knocked him out yes its obvious he was out but you never know if hes going to recover and come back so you have to attack if you want to win the fight. its not like he just kept hitting him after the ref stopped the fight. he had to do what he had to do to ensure a win. any fighter would have done the same thing. would it have made much sense if after he fell to the mat henderson just stood there? that would be dumb on any fighters part. he was just doing what every fighter is trained to do. obvisouly you are a bisbing fan and also a sore looser just like bisbing so no wonder you like him, he talked alot of shit on the ultimate fighter series and in my opinion is an disrespectful ass hole.
Im sure henderson was in the moment of winning when he said the second punch was to shut him up even more, hell he just knocked out the ass that talked shit the whole season and got a 100,000 bonus for knock out of the night. and frankly he deserved to be knocked out he is not the fighter people think he is matt hammel kicked his ass and the judges gave it to bisbing anyway so he dosent really win fights.... your just pissed he got his ass handed to him.

Matt its obvious that you know nothing about MMA fighting.
When you fight you fight till the bell rings or the ref stops it. He hit bisbing and knocked him out yes its obvious he was out but you never know if hes going to recover and come back so you have to attack if you want to win the fight. its not like he just kept hitting him after the ref stopped the fight. he had to do what he had to do to ensure a win. any fighter would have done the same thing. would it have made much sense if after he fell to the mat henderson just stood there? that would be dumb on any fighters part. he was just doing what every fighter is trained to do. obvisouly you are a bisbing fan and also a sore looser just like bisbing so no wonder you like him, he talked alot of shit on the ultimate fighter series and in my opinion is an disrespectful ass hole.
Im sure henderson was in the moment of winning when he said the second punch was to shut him up even more, hell he just knocked out the ass that talked shit the whole season and got a 100,000 bonus for knock out of the night. and frankly he deserved to be knocked out he is not the fighter people think he is matt hammel kicked his ass and the judges gave it to bisbing anyway so he dosent really win fights.... your just pissed he got his ass handed to him.

It really doesn't matter because Bisping wouldn't have felt the 2nd punch...

For all you fags screaming sportsmanship, find a new sport. Henderson is a class act and an awesome fighter who did nothing wrong. He fought until the ref stops the fight. Fighters arent supposed to determine if/when to stop fighting. They have a ref or a bell to prompt them to stop fighting. If they stop fighting long enough to check the pulse or perform triage on their opponent they run the risk of getting THEIR ass kicked by an opponent they "assumed" was out. Bottom line - you keep fighting until the fight is over. Bisping earned that ass-whooping and then some!

ok, first of all, everyone has his or her own opinion, second, if you never competed in any contact sport, you can not have a clear understanding of how fast things happen. And, if you never competed in a combat sport, you dont know that it happens twice as fast. I was an ameture boxer, I have one KO that, even I didnt remember throwing a extra punch( that did not connect ) until i saw the tape of the fight. Yes, i rememberd the jab,and the short right hand that knocked the guy out cold. The INSTINCT to keep going is part of your training, not part of your personal preferance. I hope all the people who think that this was such a horrible thing, can just except the sport for what it is, not try to make it into a sad version of what it is supposed to be,MMA, the big letter being the first M, mixed, that means ,boxing,and all other combat tech. Was i happy to see Dan KO bisping? yes. Do i think Bisping deserved a beatdown, yes. Do i hope he is ok and can- will fight again,yes.

As if RICKY HATTON wasn't enough.. Another dead Brit! sleep tight MICHAEL BISPING..

Dan Henderson did nothing wrong in my eyes. Something it happens. I think what was worse was the second shot stiffens Bisping right up. Personally I am happy it happened. I cant stand that guy. What I am curious about is, has Bisping had any postfight interviews on the display and brutal shot he took in that fight, and his comments

Dan Henderson did exactly what he was suppose to do, congrats hendo....only wished you would have broken his jaw. As for Brock Lesnar....keep up the exciting entertainment....god i love this sport.

Karma is a B i t c h.... Silva will just have to give Henderson another whopin', hopefully a knee to break that jaw....

Here's for all the asses disrespectful to Dan henderson. Quit running ur damn mouths on a keyboard, find Dan's home address, drive there, and talk the shit directly to his face ok? Shit call me, I'll ref, that way when he lays y'alls asses out and goes to throw that second one I can jump in before "MMA goes back and everyone sees the brutality." Seriously, thats a crock of horse shit. They are professionals, he did no wrong by fighting until the ref jumped in, and if any true admirer of the sport with at least "half the brain cell" that Bisping himself has now thanks to Dan landing that beautiful right, then they would know the damn rules. And as for you Matt, saying you've fought amateurly for 20 yrs. Hell yea that's what I'm talking about, let's go u whiny little bitch. U wanna see some brutality? Come on down here, we'll throw some gloves on and i'll beat your ass up and down wherever the hell we're at ok? And then u can join the Club of "Whiny Little Assholes Who Get Wot They Deserve and Get Knocked The F**K Out*

lol jason 'come on down here & ill whup your whiny ass' .. youre sitting behind a keyboard yourself ya fuckstick!!

and WHAT difference would it make if you did? wouldnt change my mind one bit - he did the wrong thing, simple and he knows it. You can throw tough-guy tantrums all you want.

Someone said it before, there is LOUD opposition to the sport out there already & this is also on THEIR new "highlight" reel in the NO.1 position. Grow a brain & understand he knew what he did & he did it on purpose, nothing to do with his training, in fact he is so experienced that he was in THE best position to know. Every fighter knows the feeling of hitting someone on the button. HE GOT KNOCKED OUT and would have been a way bigger statement had Dan just stood over him & grinned, said something, anything .. take a few deep breaths Jase ;) its not the end of the world mate ..

Unlike most of the time, I agree with you here.

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Really, I didnt even know that this should be any contreversy....Those that ring their Mouths over anything of what Dan did, whether he knew or didnt know that Michael was out.....who cares.....he followed the rules, Dan just gave a reinsuring punch that Michael was out, if your not a practicioner of the sport, dont open your gap.......Too many couch fighters!

He probably shouldn't have thrown the last punch,but in his defense he was fighting someone that did a lot of talking on the show.He even complained about the kid that was having trouble with his mouthpiece.The kid had teeth stuck in his mouthpiece and he was bitching about stalling.The guy is a jerk.

I have NEVER seen an MMA fight where one guy drops the other guy then just stops.

In fact, in quite a few fights where the ref jumps in and stops the fight before that second punch, the guy knocked out is then crying about how he was really okay when it's quite obvious he was out cold.

Anytime u wanna go, just let me kno patrick. I mat behind a keyboard and so on and so forth but i can assure u< if i werent id be all up in ur face, thats a bet. But how u can sit there and try to turn shit all around on Dan is all sortsa jacked up. Maybe he smiled because he just won and shut up the loud mouth ass Brit who talked a huge game up until that fight. Or maybe it was the fact that he actually knocked a guy out for the first time in 5 years and proved to everyone he's not too old. Of course he's gunna smile u dumbass, he just won, is he supposed to frown? Duh

Matt,

You are suppose to go till the fight is stopped or the bell rings. Easy concept. Also, GSP is not a prime example. Look at GSP VS Huges. He could have snapped Matt's arm if he kept pulling on it. Hughes yelled to stop and was not in a position to tap. The ref was still the one who had to stop it. Get clue on how it goes. What if that punch did not knock him out? What if it stunned him and Dan thought he was out and stopped. There was a chance Michael could come back to win the fight. No matter what fight I am in I would go till the bell, the tap, or until the ref stopped it. Anything after is lack of class.

I didnt watch the fight but just reading the literrature on the fight Bisbing got what he diserves, he is a mouthy basterd and he would have done the same if it were the other way around.

What is Matt talking about? Somebody give him a hug. There are two gladiators in the ring with only one goal, and that's to knock the other guy's head off. Henderson was in the heat of battle when he threw the final blow and the fight had yet to be stopped. Let it go Matt. Get yourself a tall glass of warm milk and a blankie. This might not be the sport for you bro. Henderson was awesome and he brought people out of their seats. I know I was impressed when he almost took the douche' bags head off. Bisbing talks way to much! How come you're not talking about his lack of sportsmanship. I thought the Brits were supposed to be gentlemen. The only fight that I was interested in ended the way I hoped it would. Henderson connected with the best punched I've seen in the MMA.

I know this is late and I only read the first few posts but here it is...

Matt,

From the way you speak of this I can tell that you do not have much personal experience in fighting. What Henderson did was a reaction, just to make sure that his opponent was down and out. I would know, I train MMA. UFC was originally a much more violent sport, I have been following UFC since before it became mainstream and before rules were set in place. The sport has come a long way, and one persons actions that could be deemed "inappropriate" do not represent the entire UFC. And yes, this sport is brutal, savage, and people fight with one primary action... Instinct. It's just part of the sport, and it is something that will never change

Read some more, new opinion

Matt,

Boxing and Jujitsu are in a completely different category than UFC. in boxing, don't they pummel each other till a ref steps in? Even if someone is in the corner and can't defend himself? The refs step in don't they? The ref stepped in, just slightly too late. He had some ground to cover, not to mention I would like to see anyone try to stop someone flying through the air... That would be impressive

hahaha read again Jason, do you believe all the crap you spout!? you think 'gettin all up in my face' makes you more right lol ..I said "it would have been MORE of a statement had he just stood over him & smiled" ..than do what he did. Nothing you say will change my mind, as I like the sport for the skill & courage, neither of which Dan showed by delivering that 2nd punch. (the first was a cracker) I like Dan Henderson, been a big fan for a long time and hope he gets a 2nd shot at Silva but he made a mistake & it could have been very costly. Hes a great, great fighter and im sure a great bloke but doesnt need to do this kind of crap to prove it.

IMHO, its people like you who want the 'bloodsport', who are the to blame and will be most responsible if it does lose sponsorship .. why do you think Dana White talked to him about it? lol same reason he got stuck into Lesnar .. money.

Russ - you then my friend need to watch more MMA - its not the act itself - its the mindset of knowingly hitting a completely defenseless opponent, something that goes against what Dan Henderson is all about, just my opinion of course lads but like arseholes, every has one.

So call it a dress if you want add lipstick.
I say grow up wipe the sludge from your brow and get some class.
GSP is a prime example of what true sportsmanship is all about


GSP cried like a little school girl when Matt Serra knocked
him out.
and yes this is MMA. Talk smack and get dealt a kill shot.

Guys this is full contact MMA. In the back of every fighters mind
is the thought that his opponent will recover from his last shot.whether he knew that
he knew that Bisping was out does not matter.That is the Refs Job...besides it is a bit of payback
and besides I like the fact that Henderson shut him up.
This is a bit of payback for the fight he robbed from Matt Hamill in the UK last year,(split decision my ass)
So the trash talk is part of this game but with all the money and fame on the line I do not see why one extra shot
to guarantee the knockout is legit in my books.
We are not baking a cake here we are trying to submit and if they don't tap we are breaking arms..right!
we are in agreement to that,,,,>so what is wrong with one extra shot to Klinch it! Man up up you Pussies..
...Matt F Guelph Ont. Can.

Please this is just stupid to argue about guys. Take a look back at fight's in the past, ex. Gonzga vs Cro Cop. Gonzga hit him with like two shots after he was headed to the canvas. No one seemed to say anything then. The fact is this happens (a lot if you think about it) sometimes in fights. This situation is just viewed differently because the drama the show created and it was somewhat a completion to the story. So ease up on Hendo. He's a great example of a class act, considering he didn't really say much till the fight was over unlike his fellow opponent.

I haven't heard ANY fans complain about Hendo's final strike. The only people bringing this up are blog-site owners who seem to need something to discuss on a slow MMA day.
I appreciate this particular blog-site for maintaining that there was nothing wrong with the strike; but the whole issue is really a non-issue, except for aforesaid blog-site owners and some 15-year-old Bisping fans from the UK. Everybody else gets it.
These "coups de grace" happen on almost every MMA card, and are the result of momentum and adrenaline in fights. They are legal, unavoidable, and are the responses of trained fighters who know how to fight until the REF stops the fight.

I hope it's an issue that can be put to rest. Again, no knowledgeable fan has a problem with a fighter being struck during the course of a fight before the ref stops it. The so-called "controversy" is a total non-issue.

russdog. You don't watch alot of fights then. Recently, Matt Brown, after flooring Pete Sell, who even though was still conscious, looked to the ref because Pete was awake, but not focusing or 'all there'. Alex Karalexis stopped because he saw his opponent was down and not defending, EVEN though the ref didn't stop it. And there have been others, that are aware enough to see that their opponent doesn't need to endure further damage. Refs make bad decisions about letting fighters take more damage than they should let them take. It happens. The refs do the best that they can do. I wouldn't want to ref. Being and ref in any sport would be difficult, especially when a decision has to be made to stop a fight for sake of safety of the fighters. Good thought about so many wanting it to be a 'bloodsport'. It's a sport, not the 'Kumite'. Did Hendo need to deliver the second shot? No, but he wouldn't have REALLY known that until afterwards and hindsight is 20/20. There have been fighters that have recovered BECAUSE their head hit the canvas. Doesn't happen often, but it has 'appeared' to have happened not only in MMA and boxing. Hendo has been a face of MMA for a long time. He's been a great fighter and a great face for MMA. He'll continue to be great for as long as he is still able. 'Deserve' has nothing to do with it. They're professionals, not high school juniors who can't take some trash talk. On a side note, that second shot should be coined 'The Flying Hendo'. And since Bisping woke up, albeit wobbly and perhaps something damaged, he'll fight another day.

you guys did know they were in fight right? Given a chance, Bisping would have gladly knocked Henderson cold and would of been happy to followup with a second blow in insure stoppage and put an exclaimation point on the fight. I am sure bisping knew the chances of getting his bell rung when he stepped into the octagon. They are professional fighters, one of whom was talking alot of crap. what did you expect. This aint no game of tidlywinks. That much crap talked, that much adreline, the crowd roaring, locked an a cage witha dangerous opponent, you can bet your ass i'd hit him a second time.

you guys did know they were in fight right? Given a chance, Bisping would have gladly knocked Henderson cold and would of been happy to followup with a second blow in insure stoppage and put an exclaimation point on the fight. I am sure bisping knew the chances of getting his bell rung when he stepped into the octagon. They are professional fighters, one of whom was talking alot of crap. what did you expect. This aint no game of tidlywinks. That much crap talked, that much adreline, the crowd roaring, locked an a cage with a dangerous opponent, you can bet your ass i'd hit him a second time.

you guys did know they were in fight right? Given a chance, Bisping would have gladly knocked Henderson cold and would of been happy to followup with a second blow in insure stoppage and put an exclaimation point on the fight. I am sure bisping knew the chances of getting his bell rung when he stepped into the octagon. They are professional fighters, one of whom was talking alot of crap. what did you expect. This aint no game of tidelywinks.

nooo nooo matt you are wrong! this sport is not all wussy wussy. both guys go into the ring fight and when the reff stops the fight he stops it! dan henderson did everything right... you make sure your oppnante is koed and he did just that

The issue in question is not who deserves or said what. The issue is that despite what has happened in the past in other fights or situations Dan admitted he knew Bisping was out and still conciously made the decision to put his revenge ahead of the safety of his opponent. It does not matter who he hit it matters that he hit someone who he knew was defenseless.

For those of you that threaten others for their views and calls name, I only have to say, please grow up. You are what is wrong with society. Say what you will but name calling and idle threats are anything but mature and a clear sign of low intelligence.

Matt, you are probably one of those liberals who thinks you know what you are talking about, huh? Let me take a wild guess. You also believe we can win wars with poems and roses. ha ha ha. Go watch a soap opera or something buddy.

Matt, you are probably one of those liberals who thinks you know what you are talking about, huh? Let me take a wild guess. You also believe we can win wars with poems and roses. ha ha ha. Go watch a soap opera or something buddy.

Matt, you are probably one of those liberals who thinks you know what you are talking about, huh? Let me take a wild guess. You also believe we can win wars with poems and roses. ha ha ha. Go watch a soap opera or something buddy.

Matt, you are probably one of those liberals who thinks you know what you are talking about, huh? Let me take a wild guess. You also believe we can win wars with poems and roses. ha ha ha. Go watch a soap opera or something buddy.

Matt, you are probably one of those liberals who thinks you know what you are talking about, huh? Let me take a wild guess. You also believe we can win wars with poems and roses. ha ha ha. Go watch a soap opera or something buddy.

Who's this Matt guy? Who cares what he thinks and what his OPION! is, probably a pansy ass Liberal from the UK. .Let's face it... when Bisping came out of the Utimate Fighter, we were all rooting for him.But, somewhere along the line he started believing his own hype. It didn't hurt that his fights were in the UK either. ( Nice judging). He ran his big ass mouth and had to fight in the US. DUH!!! I got what I wanted. I was hoping Dan would knock him out. Good job Dan !

Matt is obviously Bisping, still bitter about his devastating loss. Just how many times have I seen fighters getting hit after a knockdown? And how many times have I seen a fighter recover from a knockdown and take it to a decision or score an upset? First time watching MMA huh? Or your feminine side getting the better of you?

And as some moron here said Martial Arts is all about RESPECT. As Joe Rogan has said on UFC 98, that the old philosophy behind Karate was to deliver a blow with all your chi/power behind it. To KILL your opponent with a single devastating blow. Obviously Martial Arts was developed to hurt people you moron. Respect in Martial Arts means "don't underestimate your opponent" and to practice Martial Arts you must have the killing intent or in the game what is known as "the will to finish the fight" not just some pussy that you obviously are, crying with Bisping's loss like you're his girlfriend or something.

Got to say as a Brit, I didn't like the way Bisping conducted himself leading up to the fight. Saying you're going to knock out Henderson (hype or not) was downright stupid and disrespectful.

Bisping had the tools to beat Henderson but not the power, so it was obvious all the smack talk was all going to backfire!

Henderson did nothing wrong with the second punch, but he should be relieved Bisping was ok, as making those comments afterwards could have landed him in a lot of legal trouble had Bisping been badly injured or worse.

"Dan admitted he knew Bisping was out and still conciously made the decision to put his revenge ahead of the safety of his opponent."

The above quote is an attempt to defend the "sportmanship" angle and is completely irrelevant to the topic. It doesn't matter what Hendo said or didn't say AFTER the fight was over.
His post-fight comment may or may not have been tactful, but Hendo has the right to say what he wants. That is not even the issue. The issue concerns why some fans apparently
want to complain about a LEGAL strike in a sanctioned sport----a perfectly acceptable and expected strike under unified MMA rules. That's the issue at hand. Hendo struck Bisping with a
legal strike toward the end of the fight before the ref. officially stopped the fight. There should be no debate whatsoever about it, and those who want to state emphatically what Hendo should have or shouldn't have
known / done one second after the knockdown are engaging in baseless speculation. Only Hendo knows what he saw at that moment (an adrenaline-fueled, post-fight comment is not necessarily an accurate recollection of what he saw at that precise moment), and only Hendo and the referee were in the position
to determine what should happen immediately after Bisping started to go down. Both Hendo and the referee did their jobs correctly and professionally.

Fighters are occasionally going to be hurt in MMA matches. Occasionally, (very rarely) some fighters will die in the ring/Octagon. That's what's going to happen. It's unavoidable.
Overreacting about legal, acceptable strikes in sanctioned MMA bouts is a pointless, wasteful endeavor. Risk is a part of MMA, and any attempt to curtail
fighters from fighting during fights is counterproductive.

It's time to bury this non-troversy and focus on other things.

I don't think what Hendo did was wrong...Too many time in MMA have I seen a fighter knock someone down and think there opponent is out and they end up snapping out of it in 2 sec later and that guy goes on to win the fight..Professional fighters are trained to go until the bell rings or the ref stops the fight. Now what Dan said was him being a smart ass cuz obviously he doesn't like Bisping and just wanted to talk a little shit. I'm so sick of hearing little girls on here talking about MMA being to brutal and barbaric..If you don't like it don't watch it. If I wanted to watch a bunch of pussies I would watch WWE..People watch the UFC for those kinds of fights. All Dan was thinking at the time was I better hit him again to finalize it. No one wants to lose..Now Brock Lesnar should be getting criticized more than Henderson. Besides its about time someone shut that cocky Brit up...Its funny cuz really the only time he can win a fight is if hes in England..I'm sure some of you remember the Matt Hamil fight when he clearly lost but yet some how won. I was delighted to see his ass hit the canvas.

i think it just shows some atheletes can coach some cant. bisping shouldnt fight just coach he has no chin and runs. dan the man is a fighter let him fight.

blah blah most of you have missed the point completely ..

Please. A slow ref is no excuse to jump on the skull of an unconscious man. What Hendo did has no place in MMA, as long as fights are not to the death that is.
Which may or may not be coming soon, considering all the bloodthirsty couch-fighters posting on here... Anyone who thinks going all out on the head on someone who's not awake sure isn't a regular in the ring himself.

All that say Hendo did something wrong, you need to go out and get into a fight yourself and see what is going through your mind and body....your going until you know for sure....if you watch that fight carefully hendo is already in the air right when he hits the ground so how was he to stop anyhow...besides he deserved it....It didnt do anything to him he was out...he didnt feel it...till he woke up..haa....nice work Hendo...dont listen to all this bullSH%*....Any true fan knows that Henderson is all class and respect...If your a true MMA fan you know if you hear MMA or ufc or pride you Henderson is one of the main people you think of...he is a legend , a HOF and will forever be one of the greats.....cmon hendo lets see if we can get that belt buddy...add to the collection....

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You know what guys, im sorry. you are all right, Dan did the right think. As for me training in boxing a jujitsu for seven years... i made that up. its just hard for me to come grips with the fact that im a fat middle age man with no life, so i come here and argue with thirteen year olds. Again im sorry i opened my mouth in the first place, im going to go masturbate now because thats the only action i get. i hope my skin dosn't rip again.

If you criticize Dan for the late hit (which I don't), you have to criticize every late punch and extended submission after the ref stops the fight. We've seen BJ intentionally hold a choke for an extra second after the ref stopped the fight, Rampage taking extra shots on Wanderlei after knocking him out and every other time it's happened.....I personally loved seeing Hendo float down with the right arm poised for Bisping's head. I watched the slo-mo replay for an extra 5 minutes. Still love it.

First of all, everyone who claims that Bisping had the second punch coming then decided to talk smack to all those who said it was unnessecary are hypocrites. The fact of the matter is that the fight ends when the referee stops the fight. No sooner or later. The ref hesitated a split second to make sure Bisping was out. He did his job properly by ensuring that the fight was indeed over. Why criticize a man for doing what he's been taught to do since day 1? I see your point Matt, Patrick, and all the others who claim it was unsportsmanlike. In the end, however, the fight continues until the referee stops it. End of story. Great win Hendo and good luck in your next fight.

you are all pathetic go get a job and girlfriend maybe even move out of your moms basment

you are all pathetic go get a job and girlfriend maybe even move out of your moms basment

you are all pathetic go get a job and girlfriend maybe even move out of your moms basment

Who ever is complaining about this, i agree should shut up. Every fighter keeps going until the ref jumps in. If Bisping did that to Hendo i bet know one would be complaining. First of all Bisping was stupid for talking crap and saying he was going to "knock out" Dan Henderson... no. Hendo has an awesome chin, Rampage couldnt do it and neither could Wanderle Silva along with many others and for Bisping to say this who is someone who has not a had a single knock out in his career... he's had tko's but never knocked someone out. Bisping got what was coming to him and that is how this sport works... everyone needs to stop bitching. Bisping basically said " Dan... please knock me out, I'm overated and need to have my jaw closed forever, so could you just drive your arm through my head and than the mat."

Who ever is complaining about this, i agree should shut up. Every fighter keeps going until the ref jumps in. If Bisping did that to Hendo i bet know one would be complaining. First of all Bisping was stupid for talking crap and saying he was going to "knock out" Dan Henderson... no. Hendo has an awesome chin, Rampage couldnt do it and neither could Wanderle Silva along with many others and for Bisping to say this who is someone who has not a had a single knock out in his career... he's had tko's but never knocked someone out. Bisping got what was coming to him and that is how this sport works... everyone needs to stop bitching. Bisping basically said " Dan... please knock me out, I'm overated and need to have my jaw closed forever, so could you just drive your arm through my head and than the mat."

Voice of Reason.... how does that make them hypocrites? They voiced that Bisping had it coming, and further punctuated their point by being idiots by insulting anyone that had a different view. Think you better go read a dictionary. Agreed about Hendo doing his job AND the ref doing his job. I still don't understand where Bisping figured he was going to KO Dan. Anything can and does happen in MMA, but there was no evidence in his previous fights that even suggested that possibility. History has proven however, that eventually all fighters, if they stay in the game long enough, especially when they start fight part their prime, start looking bad and end up getting KO'd. It would be a very cool legacy for Dan to retire without ever getting KO'd.

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KGM...by saying that Bisping talking trash means he should get knocked out and then talking trash, they are doing the same thing as he did. That aside I agree that it would be amazing to see Hendo never get KO'd. I don't really see what Bisping thought he was proving except that his mouth is bigger than his punch.

I enjoyed the fight and the way it ended. I saw the Ultimate Fighter and thought that Bisping was an idiot. Big mouth. If i would ever be in Hendo shoes, i would probably had done the same. Now, let's stop for a second: if a fighter, any fighter, not just Bisping, gets crippled or dies because of an "extra blow", deserved or not, legal or not, is that good for the sport? is that good for the fans? I think not. Would that have happened, i tell you, we would all be sorry, specially because then we would have all the regulators and politicians dictating the rules of MMA. Nobody wants that, right?

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