What an impressive performance by Michael Bisping in the UFC Fight Night Macao main event. “The Count” got the last punch in on the accomplished striker, Cung Le, and Tyron Woodley rudely awakened the welterweight division by making short work of his ranked opponent, Dong Hyun Kim. A card full of controversial decisions and some gruesome-looking groin shots, the Macao audience got everything it was hoping for and more. This is not the only fight of the day though, as number one lightweight contender Benson Henderson puts his status on the line against Rafael Dos Anjos. For coverage of today’s earlier event in Macao, China, check down below for full results and analysis of the card.
Michael Bisping defeats Cung Le via TKO (Strikes) Rd. 4 – Michael “The Count” Bisping put on an absolute clinic against a practically blinded opponent in Cung Le. Bisping peppered Le with shots throughout the fight, and nailed Le’s eye with a jab early in the second round, which completely swelled up his eye. The warrior spirit came out in the third, where Le landed some heavy body shots on Bisping, which the Count admitted hurt him after the fight. The strikes were clean and crisp, the boxing was accurate, and the volume in which everything thrown was impeccable; the old Bisping was on full display in front of a jam-packed arena in Macao, China. One fight that is quite intriguing and could be made within the following weeks is a fight with fellow UFC middleweight contender, Luke Rockhold. Both Rockhold and Bisping have had some pretty foul exchanges through social media, which had Rockhold calling for this fight if Bisping were to get through Cung Le. The next step for Le is unknown; the 42-year-old fighter was inactive for up two years before this fight, and Father Time has been known not to take any sides in any professional sport. Le wants to go back home, nurse his wounds, and speak to his family about his future endeavors. Whichever route he takes, Le has had a legendary career in mixed martial arts.
Tyron Woodley defeats Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (Strikes) Rd. 1 – The “Stun Gun” came out aggressive, trying to replicate Woodley’s last UFC opponent, Rory MacDonald. However, Tyron was having none of it and finished his opponent within the first minute of the fight. The two came out exchanging, Kim recklessly attempted a spinning back-fist and Woodley tagged him with a right him during mid spin and dropped his foe to the mat. Woodley hops right back on the track to the title, knocking off a top ten ranked opponent in the welterweight division, but it calls to question on who the “Chosen One” may fight next. A possible fight with Hector Lombard makes sense. This match was originally scheduled to have Lombard fight against Dong Hyun Kim, but Lombard had to drop out of the fight due to injury. Another fight that may come about is a fight with Matt Brown, since Woodley made it somewhat personal a day or two earlier, saying Kim deserved a top five ranking over the “Immortal” Matt Brown. Back in the winner’s circle, it is almost guaranteed that Tyron Woodley will get another top ten opponent for his next fight.
Zhang Lipeng defeats Brendan O’Reilly via Unanimous Decision – This fight lived up to exactly what it was considered: A grappling match. O’Reilly had some success in the opening round, catching a take down and rolling over Lipeng in a few reversals on the ground. Rounds two and three belonged to Lipeng, as he constantly kept the pressure on O’Reilly on the ground, ganging his back in both rounds and threatening with a rear naked choke. O’Reilly suffered a gruesome injury to his mouth, where he may have bit through his lip or the side of his cheek. No update on any further injury has yet to be announced.
Ning Guangyou defeats Jianping Yang via Unanimous Decision – For what was the Ultimate Fighter: China finale fight, both fighters seemed quite content to let the judges settle the score at the end. This fight lacked the desperation to engage from either fighter, which was rewarded with the crowd roaring down the boos and a “boring” chant. Not exactly what a promotion like the UFC likes to see when rewarding its fighters with lucrative contracts. To Ning Guangyou’s credit, he was the aggressor throughout the fight, and had to repeatedly stalk down Yang to make this somewhat of a fight. Towards the end of the second round, Guangyou landed possibly the best strike of the bout, a flying knee that backed up Yang. Overall, one can almost scratch this fight as somewhat of a disappointment. Hopefully Guangyou can turn things around in the future with a brand new contract.
In other notable fights on the card, Yuta Sasaki was able to live up to the hype and finish off an impressive performance and defeat Roland Delorme. The Russian, Milana Dudieva, was able to sneak out of the cage with a controversial split decision over Elizabeth Phillips, leading to quite the social media rant from Phillips following the fight. For full results of the earlier prelims, check down below.
Wang Sai defeats Danny Mitchells via Unanimous Decision
Alberto Mina Defeats Shinsho Anzai via TKO (Strikes Rd. 1
Yuta Sasaki defeats Roland Delorme via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd. 1
Colby Covington defeats Wang Anying via Submission (Strikes) Rd. 1
Royston Wee defeats Yao Zhikui via Split Decision
Milana Dudieva defeats Elizabeth Phillips via Split Decision
One in the books for today’s festivities with one more left, as Benson Henderson versus Rafael Dos Anjos headlines the Tulsa card later tonight. For all the information and times for that event, please check out the MMA Spotlight’s preview for the Henderson versus Dos Anjos fight. Next weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship takes off to California as T.J. Dillashaw will defend his belt in a rematch against Renan Barao. For anything and everything UFC, follow the Guardian Liberty Voice as the action continues on into the night.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
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