48-47, 48-47, 49-46 were the scores assigned by the three judges giving Bisping a unanimous decision to keep his UFC middleweight title.
Dan Henderson believed the decision should have been in his favor:
"I left it all in there and I felt like I needed everything to do to win that fight, its just, unfortunately, everyone didn't see it that way."by Author
"The first round I mean, it was almost finished, real close, I thought that it was obviously a 10-8 round, but you never know. But I probably won the first two rounds, he won the third and fourth, and I wanted to make sure I went out and won the fitfth. I got the take down, landed some decent shots on him, honestly I didn't feel hurt once in the whole fight from anything, with the exception of one leg kick that hurt my thigh a little."
As planned, Henderson humbly and proudly announced his retirement from the UFC before the English crowd in Manchester wining him some well earned cheers.
Henderson left the UFC octagon losing his last fight but still feeling satisfied:
"I spent every bit of energy I had and left everything in there, I'm completely satisfied with what I did tonight."by Author
It was indeed a tight squeeze for Bisping which apparently had to head out directly to the hospital after the fight. Henderson looked like the fight hadn't started yet ... Admittingly, and even though Bisping barely made it out of that first round, Bisping was the better fighter in the Octagon last night! His creativity and resilience when compared to Hendo's single right H-bomb strike must have had an influence in the decision. Nevertheless, Dan Henderson managed to go out it style and with his head up high.
Check out the full post-fight conference