Michael Bisping got back to winning ways with one of the most impressive performances of his career, stopping Cung Le in the fourth round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48. He bloodied Le, landing big combinations on the 42 year-old and avoiding the strikes of the Asian fan favourite, finishing the fight in the championship rounds. Bisping went on to call out Luke Rockhold after the bout,
“There’s an idiot called Luke Rockhold who doesn’t stop talking about me. I think he’s got the hots for me, to be honest.”
Both of Cung Le’s eyes were either closed or close to closing, and it is a surprise that the fight wasn’t stopped by the doctor. He stated that he wants to take a vacation then talk it other, but he says he feels he did pretty good for his age.
Bisping’s loss to Tim Kennedy is now a distant memory, and he improves his UFC record to 15-6, with nine stoppages during that time. Bisping 11 UFC middleweight wins are the fourth most in the promotion’s history, and he puts himself back in the title picture after a stellar performance, winning three rounds before stopping his opponent in the fourth.
Here is how the fight played out.
Bisping has lost three in his last five, but has never lost twice in a row – could Cung Le be the first fighter to do so? He comes in after a lacklustre fight with Tim Kennedy. Le hasn’t fought since his highlight reel KO over Rich Franklin in November 2012. Le looking for a third straight win against the man ranked #8 in the 185lbs division. Le is a +250 underdog for this fight scheduled for 5 rounds.
Round 1 – Le opening with a kick to the body, missing. Le with a leg kick and ducking under the counter of Bisping, who gets in a leg kick of his own. Sharp right from Le, then a body kick. Leg kick from ‘The Count’. Bisping with a nice combination as he presses forward. Le comes forward and lands a body kick, but good short right from Bisping. Straight right to the body from Le. Spinning attack by Le, but they collide heads. Short left by Cung. Bisping with a spinning back kick. Le doing a good job at dodging the combinations of Bisping, and he lands up high with the kick. Good leg kick at the end of that combination from Le. Body kick from Le, that may have hurt Bisping. High kick lands for Bisping, but a body shot by Le. Good slip and rip from the Brit, then a nice jab and a leg kick. Kick to the body from Le, and again. Short combination from Bisping. A sneaky right jab. Leg kick and a short right by Bisping. Good punching combination from ‘The Count’. Good short right there. A lot of volume from Bisping. He got caught to the cup from Le. They resume almost immediately. Le trying to land the side kick, but Bisping slips just out of range. Good flick kick from Bisping. Jab then a leg kick by the Brit. Body kick by Le, but good left counter by Bisping. Right hook lands for Le. Huge left hook lands for Bisping, who just avoids Le’s attack. A good, close round.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Bisping.
Round 2 – Bisping attacking the body. Le presses forward and lands the side kick. He misses on the spin and Bisping lands a combination. Big body kick but Bisping catches it, failing to capitalise. Bisping tries to go up high. Good combination from Bisping, who’s backing Le up. Le is squinting. Possibly an accidental eye poke.Le is bloodied also. Right jab lands for Bisping, who lands two punches then a high kick. Good combinations from Bisping, who is hurting Le with these combinations. Beautiful combination by Bisping, who finishes with the spinning back kick. It was a punch that hurt Le’s eye. Le is bleeding like crazy! Bisping with great combinations. Le lands to the body but Bisping counters. Straight right by MB. A four-punch combo from Bisping. The referee steps in to get the doctor check the eye. They resume the action. It was a left counter that caused the problems to Le. Bisping has a ton of momentum now, but eats a spinning back kick. Great combination from Michael, who finishes with a spinning back kick to the body. Le with a right hook as Bisping presses forward. Bisping doubles up on the jab. Body kick by Le, but Bisping counters. Another one to the body from Cung. Short left by Bisping, who ducks below Le’s counters. The side kick hits Bisping in the cup, causing a brief stoppage to the action. Le missing with that spinning combination. Bisping pressing forward and avoiding Le’s strikes thusfar. Kick to the body from Le again. Nice jab by Bisping, who avoids Le’s spinning back kick. High kick misses for the Brit. Lovely 1-2 by Bisping, then a leg kick to the lead leg of Cung. Bisping with another 1-2. Side kick by Bisping. Short right by Le, Bisping countering.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Bisping (20-18 Bisping).
Round 3 – I can’t believe Le made it out of that second round, his eye is closing. Body kick by Le, then a left kick from Bisping counters. Side kick from Le. A lot of chants for Le. Le attempting a big left hand, but misses. Good kicking combination from Bisping, who avoids Le’s combination. Le with a big shot which forces Bisping backwards, Michael gets in a combination but eats a big body kick there! Body kick from Bisping. Leg kick by the Brit. And another, but Le with the right hook. Side kick from Le. Nice combination by the Brit, who ends it with the right hook. Side kick backs Bisping up. Bisping doubles up on the left jab then lands a body kick. Body kick countered from Bisping. Le with a left straight to the body of Bisping, then misses on the wheel kick before Bisping presses forward with three jabs. Bisping continuing to press the action, and Le is covering up. Le’s face is a mess. Big combination from Bisping, he’s beginning to really take over here in the third. Big left hook from Le though, but Bisping with the volume strikes to the body and head. Left hook by Bisping. Nice 1-2-1. Big right hook, and he follows it up with four more punches. Body kick from Le, but Bisping still pressing forward. 1 minute remaining. Le with a left as Bisping presses forward. High kick from Bisping, Le counters to the body. Good right jab then doubling up on the left from ‘The Count’. Le is really struggling, Bisping going to the body and pushing him against the fence. Big left hook lands for Le, that may have hurt Bisping. Left hook and a right from Bisping. A couple of right jabs at the end of the round by a confident Michael Bisping. This one may not go into the fourth.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Bisping (30-27 Bisping).
Round 4 – This doctor should be ashamed, Le is really struggling to see yet he’s letting it go. Le with a combination, landing a body kick but Bisping with a combination of his own, landing up high with the kick. Bisping again with the volume punches. A big combination from the Brit with the body kick at the end. Beautiful hooks to the body from Bisping, now up high and a huge left knee drops Le! He continues with some punches and the referee steps in! “I’m going f**king nowhere” Bisping screams. Masterful performance.
Result: Bisping via TKO (knee & punches) at 0:57 in fourth round.
World class stuff from Michael Bisping, and Cung Le may be forced to call it a career. The combinations were masterful, though Le did have some glimmers of success.
Bisping calls out Rockhold again, says Luke may have the hots for him – haha!
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The entire results of the card can be found below.
Michael Bisping def. Cung Le via TKO (knees & punches) at 0:57 in fourth round.
Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (punches) at 1:01 in first round.
Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Ning Guangyou def. Jianping Yang via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (punches) at 4:17 in first round.
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:06 in first round.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30).
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).