The UFC lightweights get set to throw down in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while the middleweights take care of business in China Saturday morning, eastern standard time.
Former TUF winner Michael Bisping (25-6-0) with his 13 wins inside the octagon is one of them most successful middleweights in UFC history without fighting for the title.
Cung Le (9-2-0) is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion who has parlayed his success in mixed martial arts onto the stage and screen as an action hero.
The recent workout photo of Le generated some controversy and actually led to the athletic commission performing enhanced drug testing for the fight.
“The Count” is the favourite by oddsmakers (-282), but Le (+242) will have the hometown advantage as the fight is in Macau, China.
International fans can watch the event on UFC FightPass.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman checks in with her thoughts on the main event matchups.
NING GUANGYOU (4-2-1) VS JIANPING “TIGER” YANG (6-3-1)
Wiseman: Grappler vs striker situation with these guys. Yang will want to shoot in early in the match to get a handle on Guangyou, force things to the mat to transition into a submission. Guangyou isn’t a fool on the mat, so he’ll be able to defend, just not enough to get back to an aggressive position.
Wiseman Prediction: Jianping “Tiger” Yang via submission.
“THE WARRIOR” ZHANG LIPENG (8-7-0) VS BRENDAN “THE BADGER” O’REILLY (5-0-1)
Wiseman: O’Reilly’s greatest advantage is his submission game. Lipend likes to strike, but has really struggled when things go to the mat. O’Reilly will be able to set up a takedown and weigh down on Lipeng to transition into a dangerous position.
Wiseman Prediction: Brendan “The Badger” O’Reilly via submission.
#4 “THE CHOSEN ONE” TYRON WOODLEY (13-3-0) VS #10 “THE STUN GUN” DONG HYUN KIM (19-2-1, 1 NC)
Wiseman: Kim’s build allows him to have a reach advantage over most. His slender build also prevents him from having to use energy for an overbuilt body. The opposite is true for Woodley. Cardio has been a problem for him in the past, but recently he has been able to get the better of his opponents in his ever improving striking game. The KO power of Woodley is something no one should under estimate. I see Kim pushing the pace and being aggressive, while Woodley waits for the perfect counter. Woodley has fantastic takedown defence, so I see this being a standup war with Kim throwing more strikes and Woodley looking for accuracy.
Wiseman Prediction: Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley via TKO.
#8 “THE COUNT” MICHAEL BISPING (25-6-0) VS CUNG LE (9-2-0)
Wiseman: While Bisping has the clear experience advantage, there are a few things that he will need to be wary of. Le’s spinning back kicks for example, could end the night for anyone. Considering the fact that both of these guys like to stand and bang Bisping will need to get in and out of the pocket to prevent Le from connecting. While Bisping has KO power, I’d still give the power advantage to Le. That’s a blessing and a course in this case because Le tends to throw everything into each strike making him predictable, as well as causes him to waste energy. We all know that Bisping has cardio for days and comes on stronger in the later rounds. This is a fight rounder and Bisping has been through a few, so that’s a huge advantage. Stylistically, Bisping’s kickboxing will be able to allow him to do damage and his cardio will give him the edge needed to pressure Le.
Wiseman Prediction: “The Count: Michael Bisping via decision.