Dan Henderson hints at coming out retirement if offered a Michael Bisping rematch

The American lost to Bisping earlier this month at UFC 204

Dan Henderson hints at coming out retirement if offered a Michael Bisping rematch

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Dan Henderson is still sore over the way he lost to Michael Bisping at UFC 204.

The two men fought for the UFC's Middleweight Title in Manchester earlier this month. Bisping won by a judge's decision, in what many counted as a very close fight. All three judges gave the Manchester fighter the win, scoring it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.

During the fight, Henderson caused the most damage, and after five rounds he looks relatively unscathed. Before the fight, he vowed it would be his last time in the Octagon, but he is not happy with how judges saw the 25 minutes.

Whiting a column for Champions, an angry Henderson has not accepted what happened in Manchester.

"I still haven’t reconciled myself with the scoring the judges put forth for my fight with Michael Bisping. I finally got around to watching the video of it last night, and I’ll admit, I’m pretty pissed about it. I was going to say frustrated, but that doesn’t quite cover the range of feelings I’ve got right now."

The former Strikeforce and PRIDE Champion felt he won three of the five rounds, which should have won him the fight. Only for his pre-fight retirement comments, he claims there would have been calls for a decisive third fight.

"If this fight had happened last year, and I hadn’t decided to make it my retirement fight, the fans would have demanded a trilogy. Hell, I’m pretty pissed off right now, and for the right money, I’m pretty sure I could be talked into the rubber match, not that I think he would accept another invitation to get beat up again. At the same time, I’m content with what I’ve done and in knowing, if only in my heart, that I won that fight."

"The theme of this event was “vengeance,” but Michael Bisping didn’t get that. If anything, he got the exact opposite. He got wrecked, and dropped twice by the same punch he so desperately wanted to eradicate. I said it once, and I’ll say it again—you can’t change history."

It sounds like Henderson is ready to put on the gloves once last time.