Michael Bisping thought his rivalry with Dan Henderson was dead and buried.
After splitting a pair of fights during their respective careers and both now retired, the former UFC middleweight champion thought he’d reached a place where he could actually be cordial with Henderson.
Then this past weekend during the UFC 251 broadcast where Bisping was working commentary, Henderson posted a pair of messages on Twitter that started the beef all over again. First Henderson brought up his knockout over Bisping at UFC 100 and then he took a shot at the British fighter’s life altering eye injury that was initially suffered in a loss to Vitor Belfort in 2013.
The initial jab was bad enough considering the fight happened more than a decade ago as Henderson went after Bisping in an unprovoked attack while he was working a UFC event.
“I was like you f**king assh*le,” Bisping said when addressing Henderson’s comments on his “Believe You Me” podcast. “What a pr*ck. I get it, all right but it was a long time ago. It was 11 years ago.
“I see Dan Henderson on occasion, not very often. I saw him, I was in Albuquerque or somewhere for a fight and Dan Henderson was there and we exchanged pleasantries and said hi. ‘Hey Dan, how you doing?’ that’s about it, whatever. A quick ‘how’s everything, all good.’ I thought you f**king little sh*t. You little f**king snake.”
Bisping has been reminded of that knockout loss numerous times throughout his career and he’s come to understand that’s just part of his legacy now.
Why Henderson decided to bring it up out of nowhere is what really caught him off guard.
“We had our thing, you knocked me out, you embarrassed me in front of the whole world,” Bisping said. “I was very upfront and honest about it. I talked about it in my book. I talked about it in my upcoming documentary about and when that documentary comes out you’ll see. In the book, I go into it in great detail and yeah, it did bother me. But it’s part of history, it’s part of my MMA career. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m kind of glad that happened because it made me a better fighter.
“But for a guy that is older, an elder gentleman like him to be stewing that, you’re a f**king assh*le. You’re a piece of sh*t. Don’t be bitter. Just because he’s got nothing going on. I’m doing well. This podcast does good, I’m commentating, I’ve got businesses. I’m not showing off, I’m just saying my post athletic career is doing great. I’m not sure what Dan Henderson is doing.”
After Bisping initially responded on social media, Henderson came back at him again. This time he made reference to a life-altering eye injury that nearly ended Bisping’s career after he suffered a knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in 2013.
Surprised you saw this, guess you're not keeping your one eye on the fights as you're supposed to be commentating. No wonder why your commentating is shit. https://t.co/Gs8cVQ2xTy— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) July 12, 2020
Bisping has addressed the seriousness of the eye injury on numerous occasions, including at great detail in his autobiography, “Quitters Never Win.”
For all the insults Henderson could have lobbed at him, Bisping says that was a bridge too far.
“I had some loaded in the chamber. Some heavy low blows. But I’m not going to go there,” Bisping revealed. “I wouldn’t go there. Trust me, I had a very, very, very, very significant low blow that I’ll tell you off the air but I wouldn’t do that cause I’m not a c*nt. I’m not an assh*le. Certainly as a fighter, I wouldn’t go after somebody’s injury that f**king somebody did whilst on steroids.
“Cause any fighter that steps into the cage runs the risk of getting hurt. They run the risk of getting life long injuries. They run the risk of brain damage. They run the risk of getting f**king killed and there’s a certain honor amongst it. Like you say honor amongst thieves or whatever. There should be a certain honor, a certain code between fighters that a lot of f**king assh*les seem to forget. They talk sh*t like that little sh*t Chad Mendes is another one. You shouldn’t make fun of a fellow fighter’s injury if that injury happened in the cage, in your sport. The chosen sport that you’re all pursuing. That’s bad karma. It’s almost like you’re asking for that same fate.”
Considering his career was nearly finished by the eye injury not to mention the after effects that will plague Bisping for the rest of his life, he took serious issue with Henderson opting to address that during their exchange.
“To a certain degree, I f**king wear that as a badge of honor. I don’t, I cover it up at all times with a fake lens but still, you get the point that I’m making,” Bisping said. “I wear my cauliflowered ears and my scars as a badge of honor. I cover the eye up all the time because I’m embarrassed by it and it is a touchy subject but what a low, lousy just a scummy sh*tty move to say that.
“Certainly as a I say as an elder man that’s retired, that has children, and then to go after another fighter’s life long altering injury like that. I just thought you really are a low piece of sh*t and I’m f**king happy — you want to talk about CTE and not being able to string a f**king sentence together. That old f**king creaky dinosaur, f**k me, he can hardly f**king talk. He looks like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He can’t f**king turn his head left or right. I don’t know what his f**king personal situation is but I don’t think he’s very healthy either.”
Despite both fighters being retired, Bisping sounds more than ready to settle his grudge against Henderson if they ever cross paths again, especially after this most recent back-and-forth on Twitter.
“So go f**k yourself Dan Henderson,” Bisping said. “And if you’ve got a problem with me baby f**king boy, come say it to my f**king face like a real f**king man cause I’ll stick the f**king nuts on you, straight a-f**king-way, simple as f**king that. You old creaky ass f**king c*nt. F**k off, pr*ck.”