Real Winners and Losers: UFC 204


Winner

Michael Bisping
After seven years, Michael Bisping was finally able to snap out of the nightmare that haunts him ever since UFC 100. Indeed, The Count got his raised in the closely contested rematch against Dan Henderson.

Now, I briefly asked myself if Bisping should be placed on the losers list. After all, he won a close decision following two knockdowns delivered by the man he was supposed to decisively annihilate. Nevertheless, I reconsidered. First off, anyone would drop from those shots. More importantly, he got up every time. He beautifully displayed a very necessary trait in any champion: heart. Bisping remains the champ, keeps his undefeated record in Manchester, and becomes the fighter with most wins in UFC history.

Loser

Brad Pickett
While Michael Bisping left the land of hope and glory with fans ferociously chanting his name, 'One Punch' Pickett wasn't as lucky. Headlining the preliminary portion of the card, Brad was quickly dispatched in dominant fashion by Iuri Alcantara. In less than 4 minutes, he absorbed some big body kicks and a nasty spinning elbow that sent the Brit crashing straight into the canvas. Immediately smelling blood, Alcantara mounted Pickett and locked in a deep triangle choke that forced the long-time veteran to tap. Tons of guts displayed, but a disappointing performance nonetheless.

Winner

Dan Henderson
In a decade or so, new members of the MMA community might look back at 204 and overlook what actually happened. At plain sight, Dan Henderson failed to beat Bisping in order to obtain the one accomplishment that always eluded him: being a UFC champion. However, it's safe to say that Hendo's last fight reminded us why the American Olympian is an absolute legend.

At 46 years of age, he was able to go toe-to-toe with one of the best athletes in the division for 25 minutes. Managing to drop his opponent twice certainly proved that his power will rest beside him until his very last breath. A worthy end to an iconic career, Hendo gave us a highly-contested bout. That's all we could ask for.

Loser

Mike Perry
A lot can be said about Mike Perry. His criminal past is somewhat concerning. His pre-fight antics are tasteless. The careless cockiness with which he walks around is mildly annoying. But when the kid gets in the octagon, he knows how to put on a show. His debut bout at 202 ended with a wicked first round KO. It's quite understandable that he didn't earn any bonuses since the marquee event featured grandiose finishes from Cowboy Cerrone and Anthony Johnson, alongside an instant classic between McGregor and Diaz.

However, Platinum Perry put on the best fight at 204, outside the main event. He went to war with Danny Roberts in a battle that sent both men to the hospital with multiple injuries. Towards the end of the last round, Perry landed a brutal knee and follow-up strikes that ended Roberts’ night. Without getting into more detail, his performance warranted a bonus. Sadly, he left England with nothing more than his promised purse and a pretty bad migraine.

Winner 

Gegard Mousasi
After attempting to do so for the longest time, The Dreamcatcher finally managed to step into the cage with Vitor Belfort. In a fairly one-sided performance, Mousasi finished the Brazilian phenom in the second round. Following that, he showed his friendly, loose personality in the post-fight presser. Even though he's still a fight our two away from title contention, Gegard made an important step towards securing a big opponent. Anderson Silva? Loser of Rockhold vs. Souza? We'll see.

Loser

Ovince Saint-Preux
Not a lot to say after this one. After mostly keeping up with Jon Jones at UFC 197, this was supposed to be OSP's comeback. Sadly, UK's own Jimi Manuwa ruined the party. Saint-Preux was viciously KO'd by a left hook. In a division that is lacking contenders, a dominant victory could have given him the next crack at the light heavyweight championship. The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Winner

Stefan Struve
Our final winner happens to be the tallest human being I've ever seen. Putting the rough couple of years he has experienced behind him, The Skyscraper is ready to become the dark horse among the big fellas. With recent wins over Antonio Silva and Daniel Omielanczuk, Struve smartly called out current heavyweight belt holder Stipe Miocic. As you might remember, Stefan TKO'd Stipe back in 2012. With the Dutch's brilliant call out, people remembered that you simply can't count him out. I fully expect his next adversary to be a prominent martial artist.

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