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Michael Bisping defended his title at UFC 204.

Michael Bisping defends middleweight title with UFC 204 win over Dan Henderson

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Michael Bisping retained his UFC middleweight title in a thrilling victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 204.

The first ever British champion was knocked down twice in the first two rounds but managed to win a unanimous decision on the scorecards as the fight swiftly turned into a brawl.

Henderson announced his retirement after the fight, and it was certainly an impressive way to bow out.

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The American knocked Bisping down in the first and second rounds but the champ managed to survive before clawing his way back into the bout.

Bisping, nursing a swollen eye, attempted to surprise his opponent with a few kicks and eventually did enough to emerge victorious in the first defence of the middleweight title he won after beating Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

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The judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 in Bisping’s favour, much to the delight of those inside the Manchester Arena.

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Redemption

The champion was seeking redemption after losing to Henderson seven years ago at UFC 100.

Defeat means Henderson ends his mixed martial arts career with a 32-15 record (9-9 in UFC).

Confirming his retirement from the octagon, he said: “That's the last time anyone will see me fight live. I appreciate all the support I've had throughout the years. I've given my heart and soul to this sport.

"I came up short tonight... but I'm not bad for an old men, eh? I just wish the judge had called it on the way we both looked after the fight."

Bisping was taken to hospital after the fight, and the pictures show just why.

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