UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping Stops Le


Michael “The Count” BispingMACAO, China – Michael “The Count” Bisping continues his current trend of following up a loss with a win by stopping Cung Le in the fourth round at UFC Fight Night on Saturday. Bisping finished the fight with a knee from the clinch that put Le to the mat where “The Count” pounded him until the finish.

Le falls to 9-3 after dropping his return to fighting after a year off, being out-struck 115-44 by a determined Bising who is now 26-6

“This is what I’m capable of and I’m capable of better,” said the juvilant Bisping, “I want to be world champion, I know I have the tools, but I have to back it up and this is the start of backing it up.”

No. 4 welterweight contender Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley improved to 14-3 after wasting no time in bouncing back with a first round stoppage victory over Dong Hyun “The Stun Gun” Kim. Woodley was a scratch entrant and got the fight due to an injury and made good on the opportunity.

“I needed to redeem myself quickly,” said Woodley of his motivation that paid off as he snapped Kim’s four-fight winning streak by landing only 11 strikes. Kim falls to 19-3-1.

Zhang Lipeng (9-7-1) made a successful move down to lightweight with a unanimous decision (30-27 twice, 29-28) over Brendan “The Badger” O’Reilly. Lipeng gets his first UFC win in two tries and in the process spoiled the debut for O’Reilly who falls to 5-1 with 1 no contest.

Lipeng won the striking by two and added a couple of takedowns while controlling more than twice as much of the fight as his Australian opponent.

Ning Guangyou (5-2-1) became the first featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter China with a unanimous decision (29-28 all cards) victory over Jianpang “Tiger” Yang (7-4-1) as both fighters made their post-poned octagon debuts. Guangyou out-struck Yang 44-30 and had two takedowns to Yang’s one.

The first UFC women’s fight in China was won by the Russian Milana Dudieva (11-3) in a controversial split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29) over Elizabeth Phillips (4-3). Dudieva had three takedowns to Phillips’ zero but Phillips landed 11 more strikes and controlled the match nearly three times as long.

“I elbowed strikes, punched on top, and controlled the whole fight,” said a frustrated Phillips, “I won that fight. Plain and simple, I won that fight. I want to know what Milana did to win that fight. This was a really bad call.”

Alberto “Soldier of God” Mina improved to 10-0 with a first round stoppage against Shinsho “Animal” Anzai in both fighters’ UFC debut. The fight proved to be a four minute, 17 second melee with 66 strikes landed between the two fighters. Shinsho got a takedown but couldn’t hold it as Mina got the fight back up.

Mina connected on a pair of right uppercuts late in the round, the second of which put Anzai on the mat where a flurry of shots by Mina led to the stoppage. Anzai falls to 8-2 with the loss.

Wang “The Fire Kylin” Sai pulls out a close but unanimous decision win over Danny “The Cheesecake Assassin” Mitchell. The fight was scored 29-28 on all three card in favor of the Beijing native who out-struck his opponent 87-72 but landed 25 more significant strikes after battling out of the guard in Mitchell’s only takedown of the fight.

Sai gets the rebound win to improve to 8-5-1 with his first UFC win while Mitchell has lost both of his matches in the UFC while falling to 14-6-1.

Yuta Sasaki took just over a minute to win his UFC debut by submitting Roland Delorme with a rear-naked-choke in their bantamweight bout. Sasaki moves to 18-1-2 while Delorme falls to 9-4-0 with 1 no contest.

Colby Covington also took a first round win in his UFC debut with two takedowns and a ground and pound attack that dominated Wang “Smiley” Anying into a tapout late in the first round. Covington improves to 6-0 while Anying falls to 2-2.

Royston Wee remains unbeaten in UFC competition with a split decision win over Beijing’s Yao Zhikui in his UFC debut. Wee controlled the fight with three takedowns to his credit but was out-struck 78-65 with Zhikui landing three times as many significant strikes.

Wee won 29-28 on two cards while Zhikui won 30-27 on the third in the unpopular win that moves Wee to 4-0 and drops Zhikui to 1-3.

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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