Bisping will face nemesis Henderson in first defence

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 26:   Michael Bisping weighs in during the UFC 159 weigh-in event at the Prudential Center on April 26, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 26: Michael Bisping weighs in during the UFC 159 weigh-in event at the Prudential Center on April 26, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC President Dana White has confirmed that middleweight champion Michael Bisping will defend his precious title against arch nemesis Dan Henderson.

The announcement was made during UFC 200 at the weekend as Cain Velasquez, Jose Aldo, Daniel Cormier, Brock Lesnar and Amanda Nunes all claimed victories at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Clitheroe fighter lost to Henderson at UFC 100 in 2009 via a vicious second-round knockout, that went down as one of the most memorable KOs in company history.

The 45-year-old American earned the ‘performance of the night’ accolade when stopping Cuban foe Hector Lombard in California last month.

Meanwhile, Bisping realised a lifelong ambition when defeating Luke Rockhold on little more than a week’s notice to become the UFC’s first ever British belt-holder.

“We’re going to do Dan Henderson versus Michael Bisping,” said White during Fox Sports 1’s post-fight show.

“It’s a fight that the champ wants. It’s a fight that the fans want. And hopefully in Manchester. We’re thinking about doing it in Manchester, England. But that’s not signed yet.”

He added: “The Count has won four straight fights in the Octagon and five of his last six overall.

“His loss to Henderson at UFC 100 ranks among the sport’s most memorable knockouts, and the Brit has long desired to face Henderson again.”