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UFC Fight Night: Bisping- Le Prelims Preview

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Michael “The Count” BispingMACAO, China – The UFC will be in action again on Saturday night with a UFC Fight Night in Macao, China that can be seen with UFC Fight Pass. The main event will be a fight between Michael “The Count” Bisping and Cung Le in a middleweight contest.

Fans will be treated to a set of prelims earlier in the event. Let’s take a look at who will be fighting on the prelim card today and take a look at the main card the rest of the week leading up to Fight Night on Saturday.

The ladies bantamweight division will see action first as Elizabeth Phillips (4-2-0) matches up with Milana Dudieva (10-3-0) to start things off. Phillips’ only UFC fight was a split decision loss to Valerie Letourneau (6-3-0) at UFC 174 in a fight that never really got to the ground and the Spokane, Washington native was outstruck 106 to 69 and seemed to get overmatched after the first round. Fighting out of Alagir, Russia, Dudieva is making her UFC debut in the bout.

Next, Yao “The Conqueror” Zhikui (1-2-0) makes his UFC debut in a fight with Royston Wee (3-0-0) who is currently unbeaten in the UFC. Wee defeated Dave Galera (5-1-0) in a unanimous decision in his UFC debut at a UFC Fight Night in January. Takedowns were key as Wee controlled the match throughout en route to his first UFC win.

Wang “Smiley” Anying (2-1-0) then faces Colby Covington (5-0-0) in Covington’s first UFC matchup. Anying won his first UFC bout getting a stoppage in the first round against Albert Cheng (2-4-0) after out-striking his opponent at a 3-to-1 clip.

Roland Delorme (9-3-0) looks to snap a two fight UFC losing streak against another UFC newcomer in Yuta Sasaki (17-1-2) in a battle of grapplers. Delorme looks to rebound from his last loss in a unanimous decision to then newcomer Michinori Tanaka (10-0-0) at UFC 174 in which he was both out-struck and taken down at a 3-to-1 rate.

A pair of fighters make their debuts in a contrast of styles as Alberto Mina (10-0-0) and his Judo style will face Shinsho Anzai (8-1-0) who is a striker/wrestler.

Finally, two fighters looking to bounce back from falling in their UFC debuts will square off as Muay Thai specialist Wang “The Fire Kylin” Sai (7-5-1) takes on striker Danny Mitchell (14-5-1). Sai dropped his debut to Zhang Lipeng (8-7-1) in a split decision at a Fight Night in March in spite of a 3-to-1 strike advantage. Mitchell lost his debut to Igor Araujo (25-6-0, 1 NC) at a UFC Fight Night in March in a unanimous decision in which he was out-struck nearly 2-to-1.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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