After the Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le

Michael Bisping overcame a game Cung Le to secure a fourth round stoppage and keep himself relevant in the UFC middleweight picture.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman checks in with her thoughts on the main event matchups.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and proficient in Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

UFC Fight Night 48

 

NING GUANGYOU VS JIANPING “TIGER” YANG

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Ning Guangyou receives a trophy after winning the Ultimate Fighter against Yang Jianping in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Venetian Macau on August 23, 2014 in Macau. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: NING GUANGYOU VIA INANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: The story here was the power of Guangyou. Yang only had to taste the power of Guangyou in a few strikes before the fight turned into a dance. Yang moved very well, just didn’t let his hands, feet, or any combinations at all go. Guangyou was in control with aggression, but with that said, there wasn’t a load of action from either. The fight went the distance for Guangyou to get the decision win, but it wasn’t as entertaining as expected.

“THE WARRIOR” ZHANG LIPENG VS BRENDAN “THE BADGER” O’REILLY

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Zhang Lipeng punches Brendan O’Reilly in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Venetian Macau on August 23, 2014 in Macau. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: ZHANG LIPENG VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: The worst lip cut possibly in the history of the sport. Lipeng opened up O’Reilly in the final round and the blood poured like a fountain. Lipeng matched O’Reilly in the standup, but also scored a takedown to transition to back control. Lipeng just showed better combinations and cardio for the decision win. O’Reilly showed heart and it was a step up in entertainment from the opening fight.

 

#4 “THE CHOSEN ONE” TYRON WOODLEY  VS #10 “THE STUN GUN” DONG HYUN KIM 

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Tyron Woodley celebrates after his win over Dong Hyun Kim in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Venetian Macau on August 23, 2014 in Macau. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: TYRON WOODLEY VIA 1ST RD TKO.

Wiseman: Kim is always an aggressive opponent and sometimes he is aggressive to a fault. Against Woodley, his aggression left him open for a counter strike which ended the night really early. Woodley time Kim’s spinning elbow perfectly for a TKO win. A quick and dominant finish for Woodley.

MAIN EVENT

#8 “THE COUNT” MICHAEL BISPING VS CUNG LE

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Michael Bisping knees Cung Le in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Venetian Macau on August 23, 2014 in Macau. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: MICHAEL BISPING VIA 4TH RD TKO.

Wiseman: Le is always dangerous, but Bisping has always reminded me of the Diaz brothers, able to keep the cardio and strikes coming. Bisping stayed out of danger in the first round while establishing his jab early. That set him up in round two to rearrange Le’s face. A perfectly placed jab closed one eye while a flurry just messed Le up. Both eyes ended up busted and he was unable to breath due to his nose also being rearranged. Le wouldn’t give up and he certainly made Bisping work for the finish, but with a flurry in the third round and a knee to the face Le finally went down. Certainly the finish that Bisping needed after his loss to Kennedy.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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