UFC Fight Night 48 Macao Results: Michael Bisping Stops Cung Le, Wants Rockhold Next

August 23, 2014
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Michael Bisping

Can Michael Bisping ever get to a UFC title shot? Can former Strikeforce champ Cung Le?

Those were the main questions that were at least partially answered after Bisping and Le squared off in the UFC Fight Night 48 main event on Saturday in Macao, China.

Le took control early, landing some solid kicks and punches to the body. Late into the opening round, however, Bisping started to find his timing and landed several good punch combinations that seemed to stymie much of Le’s offense. It set the tone for the fight, Bisping utilizing a strategy of volume over power.

The second stanza started off with Le landing a couple good kicks to the body, but Bisping put an end to that by landing a left hand that immediately started to close Le’s right eye. Struggling with his vision for the remainder of the round, Le took a heavy dose of Bisping’s punch combinations, his face bloodied and bruised by the end of the frame.

Bisping played it on the safe side in the third round, smartly utilizing his jab to continue mounting damage to Le’s right eye, not giving the former Strikeforce champ an opportunity to land many power shots.

Le’s right eye was getting worse with every second that went by, but he wouldn’t relent, continuing after Bisping with his patented kicks.

Bisping, however, stuck to his punches in bunches strategy, and as he landed more punches, he snuck in a head kick that rocked Le. The Brit followed with more and more punches and then sent Le to the mat with a knee to the head.

“I didn’t want to go down, but I guess my legs disagreed with me,” Le said after the fight.

Once he dropped to the mat, Bisping went in for the finish, unloading several more punches that forced the referee to step in and call a halt to the fight.

It was an impressive rebound by Bisping after losing a decision to Tim Kennedy in his last trip to the Octagon.

“I took some time off, I had some problems (with a detached retina),” said Bisping. “I came back, didn’t go so well. (But) this is what I’m capable of.”

With the win over Le, the 35-year-old Bisping showed that he’s not done chasing the championship just yet.

“I want to be world champion. I know I have the tools, but you have to back it up. This is backing it up,” he declared.

“Luke Rockhold, you called me out. If you want it, let’s dance. I’m gonna beat Luke Rockhold and then I’m coming for the title.”

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  • Can’t count the count out

    I like this fight way better than michida rockhold I’d put mike -vs- luke n michida -vs- Romero

  • snapdad

    If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? If bisping knocks someone out on fight pass and no one watches it, is it still considered a knockout?

  • George Sperry

    I admit it… this surprises me.

  • Shane Rogers

    You sure this is Michael Bisping? Power? Oh well, it happened on Fight Pass so don’t really matter.

  • lowlb

    Go Bisping!
    The guy is relentless!
    Great fighter!

  • put me in the sauna coach

    Bisping beats up a 65 year old man and starts puffing his chest out and wants title fights. Typical.

    • TrentSki

      That was embarrassing when he walked around like that

  • mmalive

    Both these guys lost to Belfort in DEVASTATING FASHION.

    Let’s see how these guy climb back to title picture.

    Rockhold has edge in cardio, pure striking.

    Bisping has decent ground game, foot movement.

    Let’s “DANCE” guys.

  • TrentSki

    I’d love to see Rockhold beat up Bisping, but Bisping always seems to beat everyone I think will make quick work of him
    Seeing him walk around, trying to look big after beating Le made me cringe and laugh at the same time

  • eddie eagle

    Cung Le is back pulling rickshaws in San francisco. Bisping beat the heck of out of the old slow 40 year old Cunger.