UFC 204 might be the company’s most underwhelming pay-per-view of 2016, but it’s highlighted by one of the year’s most interesting fights. Middleweight title-holder Michael Bisping puts his belt on the line in the main event on Saturday against Dan Henderson, who is looking to become the oldest champion in the company’s history.
Henderson, 46, earned his title shot by knocking out Hector Lombard at UFC 199. Later that night, Bisping won the belt in an improbable victory over Luke Rockhold, knocking out the champ in the first round. It took Bisping a decade to win his first ever UFC belt, and he’s on a four-fight win streak that includes victories over two former middleweight champions.
Fighting in his home country, Bisping is favored to win at England’s Manchester Arena. But even though he’s expected to defeat a fighter that is nine years his senior, Bisping has lost to the challenger before. Henderson delivered a brutal knockout punch to Bisping at UFC 100 in 2009, and he’s hoping Saturday’s bout has a similar conclusion.
Other than the main event, there aren’t any notable fights on the card. UFC's top star, Conor McGregor, returns to the octagon at UFC 205 next month. Ronda Rousey probably won't fight again until 2017.
No.5 ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort can work his way closer towards getting another title shot by defeating Gegard Mousasi. Ovince Saint Preux, who lost to Jon Jones in April, takes on Jimi Manuwa.
Five fights make up the main card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. It costs $69.99 in HD and $59.99 in standard definition. Fans can watch the PPV online, as well, with a live stream at UFC.TV for $59.99.
The preliminary card begins at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
UFC 204 Fight Card
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson (Middleweight Championship)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort (Middleweight)
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jimi Manuwa (Light Heavyweight)
Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (Heavyweight)
Mirsad Bektic vs. Russell Doane (Featherweight)