#2 vs. Denis Kang – UFC 105 – 11/14/09
Bisping’s first career loss to Rashad Evans had been a bitter pill to swallow but it was never going to haunt him for years, as it was a close fight that saw Bisping lose a decision. His second loss – to Dan Henderson – was completely different. A highlight reel knockout that saw Bisping left stiff and unconscious following a Henderson right hand, it became a viral sensation online and there were genuine fears that the Brit would potentially never bounce back.
Faced with Denis Kang – a PRIDE veteran and a favourite of the hardcore fanbase – in his first fight following the Henderson loss, it became clear pretty quickly that everyone was about to find out just what Bisping was made of. The first round couldn’t have gone much worse, as Bisping was again dropped by a right-hand counterpunch, and spent the rest of the stanza defending from his back.
In the second round though, Bisping showed not only the heart of a lion, but also some real veteran prowess to will his way back into the fight. He began to back Kang up more than he’d done earlier and then started to mix in his takedown game for good measure. Kang simply couldn’t cope with Bisping’s ferocity from the top, and when ‘The Count’ unleashed the most underrated part of his game – his ruthless ground-and-pound – the PRIDE veteran began to wilt.
The fight was eventually stopped in Bisping’s favour late in the second round, with Kang left a bloody mess on the Octagon floor. It was a tremendous comeback from Bisping to knock off a very notable opponent, and it was perhaps the best way he could’ve answered his critics following the Henderson loss.Published 03 Aug 2018, 17:24 IST