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.
NING GUANGYOU VS JIANPING “TIGER” YANG
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
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
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.
#8 “THE COUNT” MICHAEL BISPING VS CUNG LE
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.