From a television viewing standpoint on "The Ultimate Fighter," Michael Bisping was better than Dan Henderson. Bisping was charismatic as coach of Team UK. Henderson was pretty bland as coach of Team USA.
But that's just on television. Inside the Octagon, at UFC 100, oh my God!
Henderson absolutely blasted Bisping in the face with a right hand that knocked out the Brit and left him motionless in the Octagon midway through the second round of their middleweight bout. It earned Henderson a $100,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night.
Henderson (25-7) throw an ineffective left inside leg kick, Bisping circled to his left, which just so happens to be Henderson's strong side. Henderson threw a loaded right hand that will have Bisping (18-2) asking what happened weeks after watching the videotape of the fight. Then, just for fun, Henderson
"That's what he does every fight," Henderson said. "He always circles to his left and I didn't think that would be a smart idea against me."
With Bisping flat on his back, Henderson landed a flying right hand square to Bisping's face before referee Mario Yamasaki could get in there to stop the fight.
"That one was to shut him up a bit," Henderson said.
Wow, what a knockout! We'll be seeing that one again and again on the "Knockouts 2009" DVD. While I reserve final judgment until second and third reviews, right now, I'm saying this knockout was better than Rashad Evans' flattening of Chuck Liddell.
Henderson controlled the first round with a few punching flurries. Bisping held his own, but in the last minute or so, Henderson got him in the clinch and landed knees at will.
The scene inside Radio City: It is about as anti-England as New York City has been since the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The crowd has been against Bisping since the doors opened at 8 p.m. The crowd of more than 2,100 all jumped to their feet after the knock out and began the "U-S-A!" chant.