Cape Town - The newly crowned middleweight champion Michael Bisping is set to defend his belt against Dan Henderson a man who he is very familiar with.
The two coached opposite one another during a season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' and after their coaching duties were up they squared off with one another at UFC 100. Team Bisping may have dominated the reality show but it was Henderson who walked away from the fight a winner after a brutal KO of his British counterpart.
It's a loss that Bisping will never forget and one he would like to get back.
"We’re going to do Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping,” Dana White said on the UFC 200 post fight show.
“It’s a fight that the champ wants. It’s a fight that the fans want. We’re thinking about doing it in Manchester, England. But that’s not signed yet.”
Bisping (29-7) is on a very impressive four fight winning streak with wins over C.B Dollaway, Thales Leitis, Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold. The potential rematch had started to be spoken about even before Dana White strapped the belt around the brash Brits waist.
Henderson (32-14) will be bringing a violent KO win over Hector Lonbard into the rematch with Bisping. The 45-year old turned back time with his nasty UFC 199 finish over the former Bellator champion when he landed a huge head kick followed up with a devastating elbow to seal the deal.
While Henderson showed signs of retirement after the fight it was announced earlier this week that he had signed a new deal with the promotion and is now looking to add a UFC title to his already impressive resume.
While some may say there are more deserving title contenders in the division the history between these two will make its an easy sell to fans around the world and especially in Bisping's back yard.