It's been awhile since I have done an MMA Take for all the wonderful readers here at Sportsblog.com. For this return edition of the MMA Take, I will talk about the events that happened at UFC 204. From Dan Henderson getting his farewell, to Michael Bisping winning the fight, and so much more.
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping Fight Thought: First, I like to say that Dan Henderson got the perfect ending he deserved. Of course, it would have been better if he had won the UFC Middleweight Championship. But he still ended his career with high fashion. Henderson came to fight. He was tired and still fought and never gave up. I've been reading through many articles that Michael Bisping showed heart, and I believe he did, so give him props for that, but Henderson had much bigger heart when you consider his age. It was a great way to end an incredible career for a future Hall of Famer. From winning those decisions to delivering an H-Bomb, the MMA community has watched Henderson grow from being a wrestler to a fighter that has power in his hands. When watching this fight, I gave the fight to Bisping, but Henderson still comes out as a winner and became a show stealer. Now, when it comes to Bisping, it was great watching him defeat Luke Rockhold to capture that Middleweight Championship. But, reality is, is that you fought a different Henderson. Back in 2009, Henderson was ranked fourteenth in the middleweight division and was 3-6 in his last nine fights. And it had been years since he won a marquee fight. Henderson is a tough fighter, and dangerous, but I would expect a reigning and defending champion to go out there and win this fight quickly and not make it a closer fight. Bisping didn;t look like that fighter that can beat a top middleweight. Bisping has improved, but I didn't see that in this fight, and it tells me that he is not going to hold on to that middleweight strap any longer. I'm not saying that he doesn't have a chance. My point is, is that these guys fail to take Bisping seriously. That's precisely the mistake that Rockhold did. Still, I consider Bisping, an underdog in this division. Bisping has made improvements and is a hard working MMA fighter. Only time will tell if he can compete with the best fighters.
Is Vitor Belfort a Top Ten Fighter: Not even close. Still, it's going to be tough for him to compete with fighters that are in the top-ten. Belfort still has power with his punches, and of you want proof, ask Chris Weidman, and he'll tell you. Word on the street is that Belfort wants to retire. But, if he continues to fight, I believe he's a top fifteen fighter at best. Of course, his prime has ended, but I still think he can be that attraction fighter for any UFC card that goes to Brazil.