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Hendo named Bisping’s first challenger

Despite a late career slide, Dan Henderson is still a very dangerous fighter who will have an opportunity to win UFC gold when he fights Michael Bisping.

Despite a late career slide, Dan Henderson is still a very dangerous fighter who will have an opportunity to win UFC gold when he fights Michael Bisping.

It’s a win-win situation for the UFC to have Michael Bisping making his first title defense against Dan Henderson. One of two things can happen; either long-time company man Bisping can have a successful title defense of his newly earned middleweight championship, or long-time MMA legend Dan Henderson can finally win a UFC championship belt that has eluded him his entire career. Either way, it’s great.

It can’t be expected that these two veterans will put on a show like they did at UFC 100, which resulted in the 2009 Knockout of the Year when Henderson blasted Bisping with the H-Bomb, but both guys can be dangerous and for a fight while Chris Weidman continues to get healthy and Luke Rockhold finds his way back into a title shot, it’s a great fight to have.

Bisping stunned everybody when he knocked out Rockhold in the first round of the quickly-thrown together championship fight and Henderson that same night earned Performance of the Night with a beating of Hector Lombard for a second-round victory. Henderson may only be a shell of his former great self, but he’s still one of the most dangerous guys around. That was proven again when he quickly knocked out Tim Boetch when people were calling that his retirement fight.

Dana White also said the fight might happen in Bisping’s hometown of Manchester, England.

Though the middleweight division is absolutely loaded at the top, Rockhold doesn’t deserve a title shot right away, Chris Weidman really doesn’t either after how badly he lost to Rockhold, and of course Jacare Souza loses out yet again, he’s been dealing with injuries that prevented him from taking the Rockhold fight on short notice and after those three, unless Yoel Romeo gets a title shot coming off his PED suspension, nobody else is actually worthy of the title shot. So give it to Hendo, it’s a great fight to make for right now.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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