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.