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    I have to admit that I didn't get to watch as much of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter as I would have liked. I didn't see all the trash talking and taunting done by Team UK coach, Michael Bisping.

    Bisping has always been a loud mouth and rubbed people the right way. He's certainly not the first fighter to do so, and with fighters like Brock Lesnar as champion, he definitely won't be the last. With that being said, he in no way deserved what happened to him on Saturday night.

    I've always had a great deal of respect for Dan Henderson. He is tough as nails and one of the best fighters in the history of the sport. Henderson is an easy fighter to cheer for.

    Henderson's knockout of Bisping was one of the most spectacular in the history of the UFC. Henderson's subsequent shot that followed to a prone Bisping was one of the most despicable, yet no one seems to have a problem with it.

    I understand that when a fighter that one doesn't like gets knocked out like Bisping did, that no one will shed a tear for him. It was an eye-popping moment that will likely become a staple in the highlights of the company for years to come.

    After the fight, Henderson made the following comments about the knockout, "I don't know if he'll ever shut his mouth. I think that last (forearm) was just to shut him up."

    Henderson is basically saying the last shut was done on purpose with malice intended. For that alone, he should have been fined or had part of his purse taken away. Afterwards, in the post fight press conference, Henderson softened his stance a bit.

    "Things happen when you're in the heat of the moment," he said. "The refs got to stop me. Who knows what's going to happen? He could get back up. I didn't go after him after the ref stopped the fight. It was just a reaction to keep going until I got stopped."

    I just can't buy this as an apology, and the UFC shouldn't stand for it either. If you review the bout, it is clear that Bisping is out cold before even hitting the canvas. Henderson either doesn't pay attention when he's fighting, or he truly had bad intentions in going after Bisping.

    There have been plenty of knockouts in the UFC where the fighter delivering the blow doesn't follow up because it's obvious his opponent is no longer conscious. Henderson chose to ignore what he saw and decided to be a "tough guy" and potentially cause serious injury to Bisping.

    If Bisping had been seriously injured, the sport of MMA would be dead in this country. The last thing that Dana White or the UFC right now is for one of their fighters to die in the Octagon, especially when it would have been a situation like this that could have been prevented.

    This wasn't Henderson's first fight or even first spectacular knockout. As a veteran and leader of this sport, he must display the true fighting spirit that is preached in this sport and not give into settling a feud based solely on fight-hype.

    Fighters constantly tell anyone that listens that this sport is about honor, discipline, and respect. Henderson showed none of those values in his fight against Michael Bisping.

    If Henderson wants to be the fighter that he thinks he is, he needs to apologize to Bisping and MMA fans. His actions on Saturday night are the exact type of fodder that haters of the sport will use to bash it to the masses.

    It's not too late for Henderson to redeem himself. Hopefully, he sees the error of his ways, and he can again be a shiny example of the best sport going in the world today.

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    PJers, delete this bullshit thread and put MMA Reporter on probation.
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    Henderson is basically saying the last shut was done on purpose with malice intended. For that alone, he should have been fined or had part of his purse taken away.

    Absolutely ridiculous. Every shot Henderson threw was on purpose with malice and bad intention. The knock out shot was thrown with an intent to cause a great deal of damage. They are fighting, what are they supposed to do, accidentally throw punches with no harm wished on their opponent? Not only was the final shot good, it was wonderful. The $ bonus he received for knock out of the night was spot on. I hope Dan does this the next time he fights. He did it to Wanderlei Silva as well and i loved that one too.

    I just can't buy this as an apology, and the UFC shouldn't stand for it either.

    Neither do I. Unfortunately Hendo has to say those types of things, in order to appeal to hairdressers like yourself. Of course he meant the last shot and of course he was trying to hurt him. To think otherwise is naive at best and plain stupid at worst.

    There have been plenty of knockouts in the UFC where the fighter delivering the blow doesn't follow up because it's obvious his opponent is no longer conscious.

    Herring/Noguiera III comes to mind.

    If Bisping had been seriously injured, the sport of MMA would be dead in this country.

    Ridiculous. Everyone is making way too much money to allow a serious injury to prevent all of that. Boxing, NFL, NASCAR, etc. all have serious injuries but the money is too great to cause the sport to die. MMA is no different.

    Fighters constantly tell anyone that listens that this sport is about honor, discipline, and respect.

    Fighters also commit felonies, use illegal drugs, cheat, etc. Unless you're 15 years old, you have to realize that these are people and they say and do all sorts of things. You can choose to believe the parts you learned during Kung Fu theater, or you can accept that this is a business and these guys are out there trying to hurt each other in order to gain a victory. Honor and respect generally have very little to do with it.

    If Henderson wants to be the fighter that he thinks he is, he needs to apologize to Bisping and MMA fans

    No apology needed. Hendo gave us our money's worth. I wouldn't have minded for stomps to have been legal in this fight, so that Dan could have added a couple of head stomps, before the referee called the fight. War Hendo, don't change a thing.

    PJ, go ahead and delete this thread. I'm sorry I even wasted my time on responding to it.
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    Pimach i asked schlottke to get rid of mmareporter. I deleted a bunch of the other posts made by mmareporter. Ill leave this one as i enjoyed adolfs response.

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    I enjoyed Adolf's response as well. Good stuff!


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    Imagine hearing the Japanese complain about something this frivolous back in the Pride days?

    Just a few weeks ago, Pedro Rizzo was out cold and Yvel was pounding him more than once until the ref intervened. How is this any worse? Its just crybaby stuff from the last event. I am calling UFC 100 - WhinerGate 100.

    Boxing has seen far worst with much less criticism, yet MMA has always been accused of being too brutal from its inception. Whats with the sudden thin skin?

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    I have no issue with MMA Reporter. He puts it up there to get a rise out of us I guess. I am awfully proud to say that this forum has some of the most knowledgeable mma fans here. PJ, Clmetal, Dingo, Pimach, Adolph, Rusty, DH, Dlareg, Ugly, Jensen, Zapp, GjfovF etc... have collectively stated more brilliant mma material than I have seen on Sherdog or MMAJunkie. Watching Adolph carve up MMA Reporter is just an example...

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    mmareporter is a bot that schlottke set up to post any mma related article on the web. Sometimes it finds some decent articles but it just clutters the board particularly after ppv events.

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    Hendo said that he wanted to hurt his right hand hitting Bisbing so hard and that the first knockout punch didn't hurt so he wanted to try again. He also said that the crowd was soooo loud that he thought that Bisbing was still talking crap (something about how he hits like a girl) so he hit him again. I think the crowd is to blame and that they should have to be silent during the fights so that the fighters can concentrate and the microphones can pick up the sounds of kicks and hits.
    I say WAR HENDO-we will see if Bisbing chooses his words better next time.

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