KO Wednesday ‘Air Hendo’

HendoHello LowKickMMA readers. My name is Paul Heyman Chavy and as the newest member of the team I’ll be taking you on trips down memory lane to simpler times in MMA. Back when fans would sit through a PPV and wonder how far Joe Rogan would unbutton his shirt. Back when Corn Nuts were the […]

Hendo

Hello LowKickMMA readers. My name is Paul Heyman Chavy and as the newest member of the team I’ll be taking you on trips down memory lane to simpler times in MMA. Back when fans would sit through a PPV and wonder how far Joe Rogan would unbutton his shirt. Back when Corn Nuts were the official nuts of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And back when Face The Pain was considered outdated by about 10 years.

Throughout the years of the sport there have been an infinite amount of KO’s not only in the UFC but across the entire MMA globe that have quite the story to tell. Whether it be bad blood between fighters. Or even something small like a fighter missing weight, there is a story to be told. And that’s where I come into the picture here at LowKickMMA.

As a fan of the sport since TUF 6 (shoutout Tommy Speer & Mac Danzig) I’ve seen countless amounts of fights in my day. So, with KO Wednesday & Tapout Tuesday I hope to enlighten the newer MMA fans to some of the craziest and greatest moments the sport has to offer from it’s huge fight library. So, without further ado here is the first entry in KO Wednesday!

The year: 2009.

The PPV: UFC 100

The Fight: Dan Henderson vs Michael “The Count” Bisping

The Result: You’re about to find out.

July 11th 2009. 16-year-old Chavy to no avail is doing everything he can to watch UFC 100. UFC 100 was the biggest and baddest card the UFC had ever put together, there was no way I was missing this. I begged my parents to let me buy the card on our DirecTV, they stuffed my takedown attempt. I even went through my tried PS2 games trying to figure out which games I was willing to part with before I would make a trip to GameStop and trade them in. In short, I was down bad. Finally at about 6PM (4 hours before the PPV) my luck changed! I received the text. “Want to go with me to watch UFC at (name redacted)’s house?” Finally! My prayers had been answered I now had a place to watch UFC 100! This must be what it feels like when NFL players get the call that they’ve been drafted.

Anyone who called themselves a fan of the sport at the time remembers just how big this card was.

Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir II for the Heavyweight Title

GSP vs Thiago Alves for the Welterweight Title

Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping in a battle of TUF 9 coaches.

These fights alone could’ve headlined the next 3 PPV’s…. but they didn’t they were on the same freaking card!

Couple that triple main event with a stacked preliminary card that included names like Jon Jones, Stephen Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, CB Dolloway, Mac Danzig, Jim Miller, this card truly had it all.

Looking back, it’s crazy to think the Michael Bisping/Dan Henderson fight almost didn’t happen.

That’s right one of the greatest KO’s in UFC history was almost a “what if?”. For the unaware Michael Bisping was already slotted to be a coach on TUF 9. With the upcoming season having the gimmick of “USA vs United Kingdom” it was kind of a given that Bisping would lead the UK team. The coach opposite of him would be TBD up until UFC 93 where Dan Henderson faced off against Rich “Ace” Franklin with the winner being named the USA coach. The close fight saw most scoring it 29-28 in favor of Henderson. However, one judge (who shall remain nameless) made hearts around the world collectively skip a beat when it was read that they scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Rich Franklin. Thankfully the other two judges got it right and Henderson left Dublin, Ireland with the title of “TUF 9 USA Coach”.

TUF portrayed Henderson as a laid back coach. (Orange Cassidy like in his demeanor for all the AEW fans). While Bisping was brash and arrogant (to the surprise of nobody since this was his bread and butter at the time). Bisping spraying DeMarcus Johnson with water and constantly throwing barbs at Henderson with Hendo taking it all in stride. Bisping played the perfect heel.

The season came and went, Team UK had come out victorious with lightweight Ross Pearson & welterweight James Wilks winning the six-figure contract. Henderson had to right this wrong at UFC 100 right? 80’s movies had taught me the bad guy isn’t supposed to win.

From the TUF 9 Finale (which is worth the watch just to see Clay Guida and Diego Sanchez have one of the craziest fights you’ll ever see) let’s fast forward 21 days to UFC 100.

Hendo vs Bisping was second up on the card, (despite what Wikipedia says the Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago fight actually took place after the main event) and followed a hell of a scrap between the debuting Yoshiro “Sexyama” Akiyama and Alan “The Talent” Belcher. After months of hype, we were only minutes away from the fight. The opera singing blared through the TV speakers, the tale of the tape hit the screen, and everyone crammed into (name redacted)’s  basement was HYPED!

If you asked me back then how I saw the fight going of course I would’ve said Henderson by KO. Every fight Bisping had up until then is how I wanted it to play out. The man was simply that good at being a bad guy. Did I expect that to happen? Not at all. All of Henderson’s fights in the UFC up until then had gone the distance (sans his submission loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 82). I was also unaware of Hendo’s PRIDE fights where he flatlined guys like Akihiro Gono, Wanderlei Silva, and Ryo Chonan. Shame on me for not knowing Dan had dynamite in his hands!

The bell rang and it was time. The fight starts and Henderson is trying his best to make the KO a reality. He tags Bisping, Bisping recovers and starts working the jab. The horn sounds and the fighters make their way to their respective corners. Most MMA media outlets scored the round 10-9 Henderson.

The second round starts and we get some action going, but then with 1:40 left in the round Bisping does exactly what his coaches told him NOT to do. Circle to his left which put him right in the crosshairs of Hendo’s right hand. What happens next not only blew the lid off the Mandalay Bay Center, but also the house out in BFE we were watching the fights at.

Hendo catches Bisping flush on the chin with a right hook, sending him straight to the shadowrealm. What followed was a flying forearm that in real time felt like slow motion. Like Hendo had just triggered bullet time in Max Payne.

The dust settles, the adrenaline subsides, and Bisping comes to wondering what had happened. Thanks to the endless replays being shown on the broadcast he was brought up to speed rather quickly.

Henderson picked up his second modern day UFC win (he previously won a 1-night tournament at UFC 17 back in 1998) and his stock went through the roof as he scored a highlight reel KO on the biggest UFC card of all time. Now some may say this moment was overshadowed by Brock Lesnar’s throttling of Frank Mir and his post-fight speech. And to them I say “can’t we enjoy them both equally?”.

Anyways, Hendo parlays his newfound fame with his expiring contract and negotiates a deal to fight in Strikeforce. Henderson would unfortunately lose his Strikeforce debut via decision to Middleweight Champ Jake Shields on CBS (and is again overshadowed by some post-fight shenanigans).

Bisping on the other hand was able to get back in the win column with a hard-fought win over Denis Kang at UFC 105 where he again faced some adversity in the striking department.  

Happy KO Wednesday!

Chavy.

VIDEO | Dan Henderson Leg Kicks Daughters Boyfriend

Dan HendersonDan Henderson ended his 2020 by dishing out a nasty leg kick to his daughter’s boyfriend and it was all caught on camera. The 50-year-old knockout artist hasn’t competed in more than four years but still looked in shape as he brought in the new year with his family. Henderson is surrounded by a small […]

Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson ended his 2020 by dishing out a nasty leg kick to his daughter’s boyfriend and it was all caught on camera.

The 50-year-old knockout artist hasn’t competed in more than four years but still looked in shape as he brought in the new year with his family. Henderson is surrounded by a small crowd as he begins to line up the kick. His daughter’s brainless boyfriend seems willing to take the kick but notes “this is going to f*cking suck” before Henderson rattles in a shot that buckles him – check out the full video below.

During his Hall of Fame career Henderson captured titles in Pride FC and Strikeforce while also challenging for UFC gold on several occasions. He holds a bunch of high profile wins over the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, and Michael Bisping.

Henderson retired from the sport in October 2016 after falling short against the then middleweight champion Bisping in their long-awaited and eagerly anticipated rematch at UFC 204. After hurting the Englishman twice in the first two rounds Henderson was picked apart for much of the fight and ultimately dropped to a unanimous decision defeat.

Would you take a leg kick from Dan Henderson?

Michael Bisping Slams ‘Piece Of Sh*t’ Dan Henderson Over Mocking His Eye

UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson seem to have renewed their feud and it has gotten uglier than ever. Bisping and Henderson shared the Octagon twice. Back in July 2009, Henderson knocked Bisping out cold. There was bad blood going int…

UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson seem to have renewed their feud and it has gotten uglier than ever. Bisping and Henderson shared the Octagon twice. Back in July 2009, Henderson knocked Bisping out cold. There was bad blood going into that bout and Henderson delivered the finishing blow on that night. […]

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Michael Bisping Rips ‘Piece Of Sh*t’ Dan Henderson After Eye Taunts

Michael BispingMichael Bisping has ripped into his long-time rival Dan Henderson after the pair clashed on social media while ‘The Count’ was calling UFC 251 live from ‘Fight Island’ this past weekend. Bisping admits he was surprised Henderson initiated the argument after previously having friendly interactions with the man he fought twice inside the Octagon. “I […]

Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping has ripped into his long-time rival Dan Henderson after the pair clashed on social media while ‘The Count’ was calling UFC 251 live from ‘Fight Island’ this past weekend.

Bisping admits he was surprised Henderson initiated the argument after previously having friendly interactions with the man he fought twice inside the Octagon.

“I was like you f**king assh*le,” Bisping said on the latest episode of the Believe You Me podcast. “What a pr*ck. I get it, all right but it was a long time ago. It was 11 years ago.

“I see Dan Henderson on occasion, not very often. I saw him, I was in Albuquerque or somewhere for a fight and Dan Henderson was there and we exchanged pleasantries and said hi. ‘Hey Dan, how you doing?’ that’s about it, whatever. A quick ‘how’s everything, all good.’ I thought you f**king little sh*t. You little f**king snake.”

The former middleweight champion took particular offence to Henderson making jokes about the fact he is blind in one eye. He admits to thinking about retaliating with his won below the belt remarks but refrained from doing so.

“I had some loaded in the chamber. Some heavy low blows. But I’m not going to go there,” Bisping revealed. “I wouldn’t go there. Trust me, I had a very, very, very, very significant low blow that I’ll tell you off the air but I wouldn’t do that cause I’m not a c*nt. I’m not an assh*le. Certainly as a fighter, I wouldn’t go after somebody’s injury that f**king somebody did whilst on steroids.

“Cause any fighter that steps into the cage runs the risk of getting hurt. They run the risk of getting life long injuries. They run the risk of brain damage. They run the risk of getting f**king killed and there’s a certain honor amongst it. Like you say honor amongst thieves or whatever. There should be a certain honor, a certain code between fighters that a lot of f**king assh*les seem to forget. They talk sh*t like that little sh*t Chad Mendes is another one. You shouldn’t make fun of a fellow fighter’s injury if that injury happened in the cage, in your sport. The chosen sport that you’re all pursuing. That’s bad karma. It’s almost like you’re asking for that same fate.”

Bisping went on to explain why he take comments about his eye so personally.

“To a certain degree, I f**king wear that as a badge of honor. I don’t, I cover it up at all times with a fake lens but still, you get the point that I’m making,” Bisping said. “I wear my cauliflowered ears and my scars as a badge of honor. I cover the eye up all the time because I’m embarrassed by it and it is a touchy subject but what a low, lousy just a scummy sh*tty move to say that.

“Certainly as a I say as an elder man that’s retired, that has children, and then to go after another fighter’s life long altering injury like that. I just thought you really are a low piece of sh*t and I’m f**king happy — you want to talk about CTE and not being able to string a f**king sentence together. That old f**king creaky dinosaur, f**k me, he can hardly f**king talk. He looks like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He can’t f**king turn his head left or right. I don’t know what his f**king personal situation is but I don’t think he’s very healthy either.”

Despite the fact both men have now retired from the sport Bisping seems more than willing to fight Henderson next time they meet, he said.

“So go f**k yourself Dan Henderson. And if you’ve got a problem with me baby f**king boy, come say it to my f**king face like a real f**king man cause I’ll stick the f**king nuts on you, straight a-f**king-way, simple as f**king that. You old creaky ass f**king c*nt. F**k off, pr*ck.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

Do you think Michael Bisping is right to be so angry about Dan Henderson mocking his eye injury?

Michael Bisping Rips ‘Piece Of Sh*t’ Dan Henderson After Eye Taunts

Michael BispingMichael Bisping has ripped into his long-time rival Dan Henderson after the pair clashed on social media while ‘The Count’ was calling UFC 251 live from ‘Fight Island’ this past weekend. Bisping admits he was surprised Henderson initiated the argument after previously having friendly interactions with the man he fought twice inside the Octagon. “I […]

Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping has ripped into his long-time rival Dan Henderson after the pair clashed on social media while ‘The Count’ was calling UFC 251 live from ‘Fight Island’ this past weekend.

Bisping admits he was surprised Henderson initiated the argument after previously having friendly interactions with the man he fought twice inside the Octagon.

“I was like you f**king assh*le,” Bisping said on the latest episode of the Believe You Me podcast. “What a pr*ck. I get it, all right but it was a long time ago. It was 11 years ago.

“I see Dan Henderson on occasion, not very often. I saw him, I was in Albuquerque or somewhere for a fight and Dan Henderson was there and we exchanged pleasantries and said hi. ‘Hey Dan, how you doing?’ that’s about it, whatever. A quick ‘how’s everything, all good.’ I thought you f**king little sh*t. You little f**king snake.”

The former middleweight champion took particular offence to Henderson making jokes about the fact he is blind in one eye. He admits to thinking about retaliating with his won below the belt remarks but refrained from doing so.

“I had some loaded in the chamber. Some heavy low blows. But I’m not going to go there,” Bisping revealed. “I wouldn’t go there. Trust me, I had a very, very, very, very significant low blow that I’ll tell you off the air but I wouldn’t do that cause I’m not a c*nt. I’m not an assh*le. Certainly as a fighter, I wouldn’t go after somebody’s injury that f**king somebody did whilst on steroids.

“Cause any fighter that steps into the cage runs the risk of getting hurt. They run the risk of getting life long injuries. They run the risk of brain damage. They run the risk of getting f**king killed and there’s a certain honor amongst it. Like you say honor amongst thieves or whatever. There should be a certain honor, a certain code between fighters that a lot of f**king assh*les seem to forget. They talk sh*t like that little sh*t Chad Mendes is another one. You shouldn’t make fun of a fellow fighter’s injury if that injury happened in the cage, in your sport. The chosen sport that you’re all pursuing. That’s bad karma. It’s almost like you’re asking for that same fate.”

Bisping went on to explain why he take comments about his eye so personally.

“To a certain degree, I f**king wear that as a badge of honor. I don’t, I cover it up at all times with a fake lens but still, you get the point that I’m making,” Bisping said. “I wear my cauliflowered ears and my scars as a badge of honor. I cover the eye up all the time because I’m embarrassed by it and it is a touchy subject but what a low, lousy just a scummy sh*tty move to say that.

“Certainly as a I say as an elder man that’s retired, that has children, and then to go after another fighter’s life long altering injury like that. I just thought you really are a low piece of sh*t and I’m f**king happy — you want to talk about CTE and not being able to string a f**king sentence together. That old f**king creaky dinosaur, f**k me, he can hardly f**king talk. He looks like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He can’t f**king turn his head left or right. I don’t know what his f**king personal situation is but I don’t think he’s very healthy either.”

Despite the fact both men have now retired from the sport Bisping seems more than willing to fight Henderson next time they meet, he said.

“So go f**k yourself Dan Henderson. And if you’ve got a problem with me baby f**king boy, come say it to my f**king face like a real f**king man cause I’ll stick the f**king nuts on you, straight a-f**king-way, simple as f**king that. You old creaky ass f**king c*nt. F**k off, pr*ck.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

Do you think Michael Bisping is right to be so angry about Dan Henderson mocking his eye injury?

Michael Bisping & Dan Henderson Trade Shots During UFC 251

Michael BispingFormer UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping did a great job on the UFC 251 broadcast in his first commentary gig on a pay-per-view event. Long-time rival Dan Henderson was not as happy as most to hear ‘The Count’ calling the fights in Abu Dhabi 11 years to the day since the two middleweights greats first fought. […]

Michael Bisping

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping did a great job on the UFC 251 broadcast in his first commentary gig on a pay-per-view event. Long-time rival Dan Henderson was not as happy as most to hear ‘The Count’ calling the fights in Abu Dhabi 11 years to the day since the two middleweights greats first fought.

On July 11, 2009, Henderson ended his bitter feud with Bisping and scored one of the most iconic knockouts of all-time at UFC 100. Seven years later and the pair would rematch, this time with middleweight gold on the line. Bisping picked up a unanimous decision win in an exciting fight at UFC 204. Since then both men have retired from the sport and for all intents and purposes had put their rivalry to bed.

Henderson clearly still has some ill will towards Bisping and was triggered by hearing the Brit calling fights at UFC 251, he said.

“Enjoying the fights as much as possible while having to listen to Bisping. Happy anniversary to the night I put you to bed.”

The Count’ was irked by this and was tweeting back at Henderson while simultaneously calling fights, he wrote.

“Yeah on steroids mate. You cheating c*nt. No honour, no surprise. Then I beat you with one eye. Get f*cked sour b*tch.”

“Never won the ufc belt. Don’t be sour you old wanker. Now disappear back to obscurity.”

“Drinking again and reliving your old glory. All polite to my face and talk shit online. Didn’t have you down as a keyboard warrior.”

Henderson came back by poking fun at Bisping who lost sight in one eye during his fighting days, he wrote.

“Surprised you saw this, guess you’re not keeping your one eye on the fights as you’re supposed to be commentating. No wonder why your commentating is sh*t.”

Bisping ended the conversation by alluding to Henderson’s abuse of TRT, he said.

“Says the guy that’s totally irrelevant haha. Go on insult my eye. So what. Shows what a true piece of sh*t you are. But you say hi when you see me. Lol. A real disgrace to the flag that you fly lol. Doesn’t surprise me. Total fake, should of known, steroid cheating c*nt!”

Is Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson one of the greatest rivalries in UFC history?