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Michael Bisping defends the UFC middleweight championship against Dan Henderson on Sunday morning in Manchester at UFC 204 in rematch of their UFC 100 classic. Follow all the action live as we build up to the showcase event.

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Who will win the UFC 204 main event?
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of UFC 204 fight week, where Britain;s own Michael Bisping will defend his middleweight championship against Dan Henderson in a rematch of their UFC 100 encounter. Follow all the action from the press conferences, weigh-in and fight night as we build up to the big event in Manchester this Saturday night.
Here's the fight week schedule for all those lucky enough to be here in Manchester .... 
Fancy checking out the Brits in action this weekend? John Gooden and the Independent's own Dan Hardy will see you right ...
Here is the UFC 205 fight card and all the start times ...

Day 1: Open Workouts

The week kicked off with the UFC 204 open workout sessions which took place at the Manchester Arena. 
Gegard Mousasi, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping all took it in turns to take to the stage and put on a light workout session before taking questions from fans and media. 

Gegard Mousasi

Mousasi took the stage first and after a brief workout, he gave an honest opinion on where a win against Vitor Belfort on Saturday night puts him in the middleweight division.


Vitor Belfort

The legendary Vitor Belfort isn't contemplating retirement just yet. Speaking at the open workouts, the UFC legend said he was by no means done and was looking forward to his scrap with Gegard Mousasi on Saturday night.

Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson didn't work up a sweat last evening at the open workouts, but he did a great job of trying to win the hearts of the Manchester fans as he spoke about his retirement and his joy of fighting in the UK. The American mentioned that he was mentally and physically ready to retire this Saturday, and that his battle with Bisping would definitely be his last.

Michael Bisping

The final man to take the stage was the hometown hero Michael Bisping and he wasn't messing around. After hitting the pads and drilling some chain grappling and submissions, the UFC middleweight champion took the mic and answered the mutltitude of questions fired in his direction. Unsurprisingly, the man from Manchester was confident of victory on Saturday night and said he'd do anything he could to finish the fight inside the distance.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the UFC 204 media day.
If you are looking for start times this Saturday night this is how you can tune into UFC 204 from the comfort of your own living room ....

Saturday, October 8th – Sunday, October 9th 

Early Prelims

From 11.30pm BST exclusively on UFC Fight Pass


From 1am BST on both BT Sport 2 and UFC Fight Pass

Main card

From 3 am BST exclusively on BT Sport 2

ICYMI - Michael Bisping was in bullish mood yesterday at the UFC 204 openwork outs. He is promising to finish Dan Henderson on Saturday night and he even predicted the shot in which he will do it with ....

Day 2: Media Day

It's Day 2 here on the ground in Manchester and was media day. After all the fighters had talked to the media, they then squared off and met eye-to-eye this week for the first time.

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 


Vitor Belfort  vs. Gegard Mousasi 


The complete staredowns ....

Here are some of the highlights....
Danny 'Hot Chocolate' Roberts
Dan Henderson
Ahead of the big main event on Saturday ... some UFC pros have been giving their prediction on how they think Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson will go down.

“The knockout Michael Bisping suffered against Henderson at UFC 100 has followed him for the past seven years. Using that as motivation, he continued his campaign, showing improvements in his game and beating some of the best in the sport. At the end of May this year, Bisping realised his dream of becoming the champion. Now, in his first defence he returns home to Manchester and has the opportunity to even the score against a man that has become one of the most decorated and respected athletes in the sport. Will Michael be able to put the loss behind him and send Henderson into retirement, or will the ‘H-Bomb’ silence the Bisping fans one more time?”

Dan Hardy, UFC welterweight and commentator


“Dan Henderson always has a chance but I think he is a little slower now and his timing isn’t there. Bisping is the favourite and should take it but I’d never count out Dan Henderson.”

Gegard Mousasi, #9 UFC middleweight


Bisping will win the fight—He has fought against the best fighters in the world since the first fight. No one gives Michael enough credit for coming back from such a big knockout. He won the world title. He deserves his shot at redemption. Mike will correct all the wrongs in the first fight and he will pick him off.  Dan Henderson is still knocking out fighters at his age but Bisping will use his speed and size to his advantage. Henderson doesn’t transition too well anymore. Bisping can take advantage of it. Henderson will get tired in a five round fight and the longer the fight goes on, the better for Bisping. Mike thrives on knowing that he is the hometown hero.”

Ross Pearson, UFC welterweight/lightweight


“This is Michael’s first title defence and an opportunity to redeem himself after his first fight with Henderson. Both are UFC veterans who have done so much for the sport but I believe this is Bisping’s time – he won the belt, he’s defending it in his hometown and I can’t see him losing this fight.”

Brad Pickett, UFC bantamweight


“Dan Henderson has nothing to lose as it’s his last fight whatever happens and if he wins he goes out as the champion. Michael Bisping is in great form and he’s riding a lot of momentum. Being the champion will give him an added lift. I don’t think Henderson can match Bisping’s stamina so I’m going with Bisping to get a finish in the second round.”

Marc Diakiese, UFC lightweight


“It’s the first time a Brit has won the title and the first time a Brit has got to defend it in the UK, so this is a monumental moment. I like Dan Henderson as a fighter but I feel Bisping is at his peak, coming off wins against Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold. Bisping was winning the first fight until he got clipped and Henderson isn’t in his prime anymore. I think Bisping takes it by TKO or decision.”

Davey Grant, UFC bantamweight


“This is of course one of the most interesting fights of the year. Dan Henderson knocked Michael Bisping out back in 2009 at UFC 100 and the power he has, much like his career in general, is outstanding. Having said that, I feel if Bisping keeps the distance and stays on the outside, he will win the fight. If he gets sloppy and lets him in then he gets knocked out but I can’t see that happening in front of his home crowd. I back him to retain his UFC middleweight belt with a third or fourth round knockout.”

Neil Seery, UFC flyweight


“I think Bisping will win. He’s won the title and he’s fighting in Manchester. But you never know, Henderson still has that knockout power – you only have to watch his last fight against Hector Lombard to see that. I’m backing Bisping though.”

Stevie Ray, UFC lightweight


I feel it’s going to be a Bisping decision win or a Dan Henderson KO win. I think it’s all about whether Bisping can avoid getting knocked out and take the decision. I’m routing for Bisping, he’s someone I’ve grown up watching and got to share a card with him in London. Henderson has got knockout power but I think Bisping is better prepared for it this time and will take the win.”

Scott Askham, UFC middleweight


“I think Bisping wins the fight. Henderson has the H bomb and I can’t talk badly about such a legend but I think Bisping is in his prime. He made a single mistake to lose at UFC 100 and I think he gets his revenge. Bipsing will be too fit for Henderson and he will win. I don’t think Bisping cares where he fights, obviously the fact it’s in Manchester is an advantage but he is the champion and a pioneer and legend for UK MMA. Nobody deserves the opportunity more than he does. He has been at the top of the sport for so long and this is his moment to shine.”

Jim Wallhead, UFC welterweight


“It’s going to be a good fight but Bisping will get his revenge. He has earned the right to be the champion. It’s great to see a veteran being given the chance to hold the belt. I hope he wins in front of his fans in Manchester.”

Artem Lobov, UFC lightweight

Day 3: The Weigh-Ins

It's weigh-in day in Manchester and if you aren't familiar with the setup here's how it goes....
At 1pm local UK Time, the fighters will take to the scales in non-public weigh-in in front of both media at fans at the fighter hotel. Every fighter on the card will have a two hour window to get on the scales and make their official weights. Fighters can only take to the scales ONCE throughout the time period. 
At 6pm local UK Time the fighters will then take place in a public weigh-in at the Central, Hall in Manchester Central. Their weights recorded from earlier in the day will be read out as they ascend the scales. 
Be sure to check back for live updates throughout the day from Manchester.
Ovince Saint Preux who takes on Jimi Manuwa this weekend
Stefan Struve aka. Skyscrapper - Stefan is 7ft tall and one mean heavyweight to watch out for on Saturday night.
The legend Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian is coming to the end of hs career but a win this Saturday over Gegard Mousasi could prove their is life in the old dog yet.
Gegard Mousasi is a Dutch fighter looking to make some moves in the UFC middleweight division. He takes on Vitor Belfort this weekend.
Brad 'One Punch' Pickett. A favorite among the fans for his all action fights. Don't miss his scrap with Iari Alcantara on the Saturday night prelims.
The man making his debut on Saturday - Marc Diakiese. The former BAMMA lightweight champion will be looking to make it three knockouts in a row this Saturday. He will kick the action off at 11:30pm on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC backstage interviewer Megan Olivi earlier this week at the open workout sessions. Perhaps Megan should've taken up a singing career? 😂

Day 3: The Weigh-Ins

While we await the start of the weigh-ins today, check out some of the pictures taken this week in the build up fight night ....

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Full UFC 204 fight card:

Michael Bisping (c) vs Dan Henderson

Vitor Belfort vs Gegard Mousasi                               

Ovince Saint Preux vs Jimi Manuwa                                                        

Stefan Struve vs Daniel Omielanczuk                                                     

Mirsad Bektic vs Russell Doane                                                 

Preliminary Card

Iuri Alcantara vs Brad Pickett                                                      

Ian Entwistle vs Rob Font                                                            

Damian Stasiak vs Davey Grant                                                 

Leon Edwards vs Albert Tumenov                                                           

Preliminary Card

Danny Roberts vs Mike Perry                                                    

Leonardo Santos vs Adriano Martins                                                      

Lukasz Sajewski vs Marc Diakiese