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UFC 204 – Bisping vs Henderson 2 predictions

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.

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MMA Crossfire

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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)

UFC 204

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

MAIN EVENT

MICHAEL BISPING (30-7-0) VS #13 DAN HENDERSON (32-14-0)

UFC 204

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

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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