UFC Fight Night 48 Recap: Michael Bisping Destroys Cung Le


The UFC’s third trip to China is in in the bag.

UFC Fight Night 48 took place inside the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. The headliner featured an important middleweight battle between TUF 3 winner Michael Bisping and former Strikeforce champion Cung Le which turned out be be a back-and-forth war.

The first round was fairly even with both men scoring on the feet, Bisping seemed to have found his range towards the end of the round while utilising his footwork to avoid the strikes of Le. The second was a clear-cut round for “The Count” who hurt his opponent with a big shot early before busting him up with a frenzy of strikes on the feet.

Le looked down and out coming into the third but he dug in deep to keep going which payed off as he hurt the Brit with some hard kicks to the body. However, Bisping kept coming forward with a variety of attacks and his output proved to be to much for the former Strikeforce champion to deal with.

Then came the fight ending moment in the fourth round, as Bisping poured it on before landing a crisp knee on Le to send him to the mat. A few more shots from the 36-year old secured the finish.

The co-main event was short and sweet as “The Chosen One” Tyron Woodley got himself back in the win column in dramatic fashion, taking out South Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim with a vicious first round TKO. Both men came out swinging but it was Woodley who landed the cleaner shots.

The “Stun Gun” attempted a spinning back fist but it was countered with a overhand right which sent him to the canvas. A few follow up shots by Woodley and the fight was waived off.

In other action, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) China featherweight winner Zhang Lipeng picked up his second win inside the Octagon with a fairly one-sided decision over UFC newcomer Brendan O’Reilly. The win was Lipeng’s first since he beat Wang Sai to win TUF: China.

Kicking off the main card was the delayed welterweight finale from TUF China between Ning Gyangyou and Yang Jianping which turned out to be a pretty stale contest. The fight was fairly close going into the third round but neither man seem interested in bringing it to his opponent. In the end the judges had the final say and they ruled it in favour of Gyangyou.

In the preliminary bouts, Milana Dudieva picked up her first win inside the Octagon by handing Elizabeth Phillips her second straight loss. Royston Wee managed to stay unbeaten in the UFC after the judges gave him a split-decision win over Yao Zhikui in a horrendous call.

American Top Team’s Colby Covington put an exclamation mark on his UFC debut by demolishing Wang Anying en route to a first round stoppage. Japanese prospect Yuta Sasaki picked up arguably the most impressive win in the prelims with his first round submission over Roland Delorme.

Alberto Mina extended his undefeated record to 11-0 after battering Shinsho Anzai to take a first round TKO. The fight topped the preliminary card with both men going toe-to-toe right from the bell. Finally, TUF China finalist Wang Sai picked up his first win inside the Octagon taking a unanimous decision over “The Cheesecake Assassin”, Danny Mitchell.

UFC Fight Night 48 Results:

Preliminary Card-

Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision

Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split-decision

Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (punches) Round 1 – 4:50

Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 1:06

Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:52

Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision

Main Card-

Ning Gyangyou def. Yang Jianping via unanimous decision

Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision

Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 1:01

Michael Bisping def. Cung Le via TKO (knee & punches) Round 4 – 0:57

  • bisping beat a 42 year old man who hasnt fought in 2 years. if he didnt look good it would be time to retire. he cant beat any1 in top 5 anyway but will try to stick around while everyone else gets a title shot so he can finally get his in 3 years or so. id like to see CB fight the count so he can squash him and get into the title picture

    • Bisping/CB sounds good to me Griffin…

    • Considering you said Bisping will get KTFO, I don't see how your comment makes much sense. How the hell do you know if Bisping can't beat a top 5 in the future?? Bisping looked outstanding tonight, the question isn't how bad Cung looked its how good Bisping looked.

      • cause i can see the future…its my fucking opinion sherlock and the evidence indicates he cant. He has never beaten a top opponent. came up short against hendo, chael, vitor, kennedy and yes even Wanderlai silva who was 1-6 going into that fight. and go back read my comment beyond the first line.. bisping is getting KTFO OR its a boring bisping win. thats great that Bisping looked good against LE who isnt even ranked dont mean shit cuz he hasnt been able to produce the same results agaainst competition that matters in terms of contention

        • I thought Bisping beat Chael and Wandy. Vitor has been KOing everyone lately, no shame in losing to him. Bisping was beating Hendo before he got caught. Bisping looked better then he ever has, thats because of his skills not because of Cung or his age or layoff. Cung was in the best shape of his life. Credit is due when Credit is earned, Bisping has the skills to beat any top 10.

  • Yuta Sasaki looked pretty damn slick!

  • That wasn't an absolute beating, Le's face looked as bad as anyone's I'd ever seen after that fight. Might be time for him to hang 'em up. Was the post fight interview with a guy who looks like he just got hit in the face with a baseball bat multiple times really necessary?

  • So before the fight everyone said le would smash bisping. Now that bisping won the story changes to oh he beat a 42 year old whos out of his prime. God I love how quickly you people switch things up and make excuses

  • Ivy

    Colby Convington defeated a guy named Wang. That outta get KOTN right there.