Since the moment the scorecards were read for UFC 204’s main event between UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, fans, media, and even fellow fighters were split on the final scores for the bout.
Bisping was given the unanimous decision, but many have decried the judges and said Henderson deserved the nod that night. Bisping, though, sees no room for controversy and simply thinks onlookers are being misguided by their subjective reasons.
“There’s people out there saying ‘Hendo’ was robbed and this and that, but ‘Hendo’ has a lot of hardcore fans, and hardcore fans don’t watch the fight impartially,” Bisping said on The MMA Hour (transcription via MMA Fighting). “There are professional judges who are paid to judge fights, they scored it correctly. It wasn’t a split decision. It was unanimous on all fronts. Listen, ‘Hendo’ has been around a long time, he’s a national treasure if you will, he has a lot of fans and they’re (not) looking at the fight completely impartially. It’s hard for them to be objective, just like some other people in the UFC like Chris Weidman, people like that. They don’t look at it from a fair perspective.
“They want me to lose and they want ‘Hendo’ to win, so it’s impossible for them to give an honest, unbiased on the judging of the fight. So, yes, I won the fight. I got my revenge. It would’ve been nice to finish him, but I took his best shots and I came walking right back. I didn’t take a backwards step in that fight. I stayed in his face, I pressured him, punched him, I kicked him, I beat him to the punch every time. Two shots. Two shots is all he landed. He can say what he wants after that fight, he was robbed and this and that, but the story of the fight is that he was backing up the whole time, getting picked apart, and he landed two good shots.
“There’s always a little trepidation because you never know until they say, because listen, he had a couple of big moments and of course my face told a tale,” Bisping said. “But like my boxing coach said, like (Jason) Parillo said, you don’t win a 25-minute fight by winning two minutes of the fight. And that’s essentially all he did.
“For the rest of the time, he was backing up. He was cowering almost. He almost turned his back on a couple of occasions when I had him hurt. So just to reiterate that, you don’t win a 25-minute fight by winning two minutes of the action. So yes, I was confident, but until Buffer actually says ‘and still,’ you never know.”