UFC Fight Night 48: 42-year-old Cung Le dominated by Bisping

Cung Le bloodied swollen eyes vs. Bisping in UFC Fight Night 48

Michael Bisping dominates and finishes Cung Le in the 4th round with knee and punches

Kim Dong Hyun's winning streak ended by Tyron Woodley, Ning Guangyou wins TUF China featherweight final


I believe most MMA fans around the world were hoping to see Cung Le win, 'cause he likes to put on a show, he's Asian, he's a great guy, he's an inspiration to the over-40-year-olds, and probably nobody's a fan of Michael Bisping's attitude. Unfortunately the 42-year-old is no longer any where close to his younger self and deep down inside, we knew Bisping was going to win in the end, one way or the other. Against the 37-year-old Bisping yesterday, he was slower, weaker and couldn't pull off much of his trademark flashy unorthodox kicks. He was second-guessing his own attacks every time he spun in the first round. Maybe he knew he's not fast enough to hit Bisping with any of those.

Bisping (25-6) was impressive, he looked fitter, faster and he was doing the Cung Le on Cung Le (9-3). Effective jabs and high kicks, which Le couldn't do much about besides closing the gap by pushing forward and attempting to catch Bisping with short punches. Now if you've been watching Le in his career, you'd know that's precisely the opposite of how Le fights. But he had no choice, I guess. In the second round, Bisping bloodied up both of Le's eyes, but the doctor said no problem, Le can fight on. And suddenly, Le decided to just roll the dice and begun throwing his trademark kicks and power right-hooks, and caught Bisping with a couple.

Michael Bisping kneed Cung Le in UFC Fight Night 48

Face messed-up, eyes swollen, but Le pushed forward aggressively at the beginning of the third round but none of his landed strikes seemed damaging, and it allowed the very-patient Bisping to counter. Cardio continues to be Bisping's strongest weapon, he came out in the first championship round still looking fresh and unleashed an onslaught of punches-and-kicks combo on Le all the way to the fences and finally got him down with a knee to the head. Le didn't respond to the followup pounding on the ground, and that forced the referee to award Bisping the TKO victory.

The Korean Stun Gun, Kim Dong Hyun (19-3-1) got his 4-win streak ended by his own carelessness and lack for respect for Tyron Woodley's (14-3) alertness and power. Kim pushed forward attempting a spinning back punch/elbow (which worked against John Harthaway previously) and got caught by Woodley's hook that put him down and out. The Ultimate Fighter China Finale finally gets its closure with Ning Guangyou winning the featherweight final over Yang Jianping via unanimous decision.

Results

(Source: Wikipedia)

Fight of the Night: None awarded
Performance of the Night: Michael Bisping, Tyron Woodley, Alberto Mina and Yuta Sasaki

Main Card

Middleweight: Michael Bisping def. Cung Le | TKO (knee and punches) | R4 0:57
Welterweight: Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim | TKO (punches) | R1 1:01
Lightweight: Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Featherweight: Ning Guangyou def. Yang Jianping | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds

Preliminary card

Welterweight: Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai | TKO (punches) | R1 4:17
Bantamweight: Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R1 1:06
Welterweight: Colby Covington def. Wang Anying | Submission (punches) | R1 4:50
Bantamweight: Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Women's Bantamweight: Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips | Decision (split) | 3 rounds

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