Dan Henderson (32-14-0) has been a patient man. In his storied career, only the UFC belt has eluded his iron grip and at UFC 204, he has the opportunity to take it in his last fight from a man he famously defeated seven years ago, at UFC 100.
For middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7-0), it’s a second chance to defeat a legend and return the favour.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (7PM ET/4PM PT)
LEONARDO SANTOS (15-3-1) VS ADRIANO MARTINS (28-7-0)
Andrews: Both have impressive wins in their last fights. This fight will go everywhere and when it goes to the ground, Santos will get the tap.
Andrews Prediction: Leonardo Santos via submission
DANNY ROBERTS (13-1-0) VS MIKE PERRY (8-0-0)
Andrews: Here is one of the cases where the home crowd should help the hometown fighter. Roberts wants use his boxing to salute the crowd, but Perry has a 100 percent finish and knockout rate. That means to look for Roberts to take it to the ground and get the submission.
Andrews Prediction: Danny Roberts via submission
LUKASZ SAJEWSKI (13-2-0) VS MARC DIAKIESE (9-0-0)
Andrews: Diakiese tried to intimidate Sajewski at the weigh-ins and it’s not hard to see why. Despite having more UFC experience, Sajewski has yet to win in the octagon. Tough call, but I’m going with the man from Poland.
Andrews Prediction: Lukasz Sajewski via unanimous decision
TSN 2 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)
LEON EDWARDS (11-3-0) VS #14 ALBERT TUMENOV (17-3-0)
Andrews: Tumenov should be a man on a redemption mission. He will make an example of Edwards here with a convincing finish.
Andrews Prediction: Albert Tumenov via TKO
DAVEY GRANT (10-2-0) VS DAMIAN STASIAK (10-2-0)
Andrews: Both guys like to get the submission and they have roughly the same UFC experience too. A lot of canceling out might happen, at least on the ground. I’m going to go with the older hometown hero, Grant.
Andrews Prediction: Davey Grant via unanimous decision
BRAD PICKETT (26-11-0) VS LURI ALCANTARA (32-7-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Pickett seems to be on the rebound but Alcantara needs win here. Pickett has the powe and the crowd but I don’t think he can catch Alcantara cleanly. Which means Alcantara will score the points and take the decision.
Andrews Prediction: Luri Alcantara via unanimous decision
MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)
#15 MIRSAD BEKTIC (10-0-0) VS RUSSELL DOANE (14-6-0)
Andrews: Doane needs an impressive win badly. He will be fighting desperate, but I still think Bektic has the striking to get the decision, and even put him away.
Andrews Prediction: Mirsad Bektic via TKO
#12 STEFAN STRUVE (31-8-0) VS #14 DANIEL OMIELANCZUK (19-5-1, 1NC)
Andrews: One should always be wary of the uneven Struve, but it seems he’s on a solid streak lately. He should be able to play enough keep-away on the feet and control the bout on the ground.
Andrews Prediction: Stefan Struve via unanimous decision
#5 OVINCE ST. PREUX (19-8-0) VS #8 JIMI MANUWA (15-2-0)
Andrews: OSP is looking to redeem himself after losing to Bones, but Manuwa is no joke on his home soil. And I still question OSP’s gas tank. I’m going with the upset here.
Andrews Prediction: Jimi Manuwa via TKO
#5 VITOR BELFORT (25-12-0) VS #9 GEGARD MOUSASI (39-6-2)
Andrews: The old warhorse Belfort should meet his fate here against a no-nonsense Mousasi. Assuming Gegard takes The Phenom seriously, he will wait for Belfort to explode, then take him to the ground and get the submission.
Andrews Prediction: Gegard Mousasi via submission
MICHAEL BISPING (30-7-0) VS #13 DAN HENDERSON (32-14-0)
Andrews: This is Hendo’s last fight and while he still has the H-Bomb, this fight is Bisping’s to win or lose. The Count will be cautious early, but try to pick apart Henderson with his striking and younger legs. He will use a good pace take some starch out of Dan. Hendo will try to corner Bisping and get the fight to the ground and of course, land the big one. Bisping should be able to avoid it, and score enough points to get the decision.
Andrews Prediction: Michael Bisping via unanimous decision