The rematch has been verbally agreed upon by both fighters, MMA Fighting has learned. Bisping also confirmed the fight was on for Oct. 8 in Manchester, England Thursday on his SiriusXM radio show, "The Countdown."
UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 is scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena. Interestingly enough, the main event will happen at approximately 5 a.m. local time to accommodate the North American pay-per-view audience.
The Manchester-native Bisping (29-7) won the middleweight title in June when he knocked out Luke Rockhold in the first round. The win marked Bisping's fourth in a row, but more importantly, capped one of the unlikeliest title victories in recent MMA history, considering Bisping accepted the fight on a little over two weeks' notice and had seen the UFC title shot elude him for a decade. On that same UFC 199 card, Henderson (32-7), who has never won a UFC title throughout his legendary career, knocked out Hector Lombard in the second round.
Of course, the fight promotion will revolve around a feud that was born in 2009 when both men were coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter" season nine. Months after taping the show, the middleweights met at the historic UFC 100 event, where Henderson knocked out Bisping in the second round.
The organization is expected to officially announce the fight in the coming days, with a pre-fight press conference tentatively scheduled for the day before UFC 202 in Las Vegas.