Disrespect Or Training Habits?

Sterling SpiarsAnalyst IJuly 14, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (R-L) Dan Henderson connects with a right to Mike Bisping during their middleweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

     There have been numerous blogs across the Internet about the actions of Dan "Hendo" Henderson in his latest match up with Michael Bisping.  The majority of them being very negative, whether it was the pro-American attitude of "I'm glad you smashed his face in," or the questionable punch that landed on the unconscious brit's chin.

     Any fan of MMA knows how brutal this sport can be but the fighters know so more than anybody.  With this particular fight being a battle between the two rival coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Season Nine, we all saw an even greater desire to win.  Add to the mix that it occurred on the monumental UFC 100, and we have a fight that could of easily headlined most other pay-per-views.

     With Brock Lesnar taking most of the heat over the weekend, a few die hard fans began to question Hendo's respect for the sport.  Really?  The quiet, down to earth fighter receiving flak for one punch to an unconscious Bisping.

     Yes, Dan admitted that he knew "The Count" was out and that he wanted to "shut him up."  Would Bisping have done anything differently?  Was this scenario any worse than the Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva fight of last year?  Where a heated Rampage landed two vicious punches after Yves Lavigne began to pull the former champion away.

     One thing everyone needs to realize is that these fighters are taught to go until the referee pulls you away from the fight.  Which is exactly what Hendo did.  Now is it the safest method to this lovely madness?  No, but there were no signs of Henderson intending to strike his opponent once Mario Yamasaki stepped in, so where is this coming from? 

     Now I'm not trying to turn this into the media induced "Battle of the Nations" but from what I've seen, the majority of the complaints are coming from the land of the queen.  So to all of those who say Dan Henderson disrespected the sport for his actions, you need to look elsewhere for an excuse.