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UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping-Le Square Off

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Michael “The Count” BispingMACAO, China – No. 8 contender Michael “The Count” Bisping (25-6-0) takes on Cung Le (9-2-0) in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night in Macao, China in a middleweight fight on Saturday. Fans will be treated to a battle of strikers as Bisping tries to cement his place in the Top 10 while Le looks to prove he has what it takes to be a top contender in the division.

Bisping is coming off a hard-fought loss in a unanimous decision to No. 6 contender Tim Kennedy (18-4-0) in which he was out-struck 76-53 and was the victim of five successful takedowns at the TUF Nationals Final in Quebec City, Canada in April.

The fight was the Manchester, England native’s first fight in a year since taking a unanimous decision over Alan “The Talent” Belcher (17-7-0) at UFC 159 in Newark, New Jersey. Bisping out-struck Belcher 93 to 29 in the fight in a bounce-back effort after suffering a knock-out at the hands of No. 3 contender Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (24-10-0) at UFC on FX7 that January.

Le enters the match riding a two-fight winning streak since being knocked out in his UFC debut by Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva (35-12-1 1 NC) at UFC 139 in November of 2011.

The Saigon, Vietnam native bounced back in his next fight with a win by unanimous decision over Patrick “The Predator” Cote (21-8-0) at UFC 148 in July of 2012. Le out-struck Cote 55-51 and had two takedowns in the victorious effort.

Le then defeated Rich “Ace” Franklin (29-7-0) with a first round knockout at UFC in Macao in 2012 in his last UFC fight.

“Listen, Cung Le is basically back in the UFC to boost his brand and remind everyone of his existence. He hasn’t fought in a couple of years, so I’m guessing his profile has dipped,” said Bisping, “He’s probably not getting too many embarrassing kung-fu movie offers right now – and probably worst of all for him – Channing Tatum has stopped re-tweeting him.”

Bisping is confident that he will take a much needed win, “I’m going to put a beating on him, and he can disappear again back to B-movies.”

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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