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Dana White says Michael Bisping to defend title against Dan Henderson next, possibly in Manchester

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Now we know why Dan Henderson didn't get to fight Daniel Cormier on just a couple of day's notice at UFC 200.

Though Henderson's name was on a short list of competitors to fight Cormier when Jon Jones was removed from the card on Wednesday, UFC president Dana White said he had other plans for the 45-year old. It turns out he'll be facing Michael Bisping, his arch nemesis from UFC 100.

Fitting that the announcement came during UFC 200 on Saturday night.

"We're going to do Dan Henderson versus Michael Bisping," White said 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."

Bisping lost to Henderson at UFC 100 via a vicious second-round knockout, that went down as one of the most memorable KOs in company history. Seven years later, Henderson is still plugging along — having last fought at UFC 199, when he knocked out Hector Lombard — and Bisping is the UFC's middleweight champion.

Bisping defeated Luke Rockhold on a little more than a week's notice at that same UFC 199 card in Los Angeles.

Henderson had volunteered to stand in against Cormier at UFC 200, yet the promotion opted for Anderson Silva, who lost a unanimous decision.

Bisping, who was one of the analysts on the FS1 show when White made the announcement, said he wanted to avenge his loss against Henderson. No date was given for when the show would happen.

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