Veteran UFC middleweight Michael Bisping rejuvenated his career at Fight Night 48 in Macau by administering a brutal beating to Cung Le in their main event clash. The contest was a pure stand-up affair which saw Bisping’s accuracy and output rule the day. “The Count” would close the show in impressive fashion by recording a fourth-round TKO of his bloodied and battered opponent. Bisping’s strong effort was a far cry from his lackluster showing in a decision loss against Tim Kennedy at the TUF Nations Finale.
The Season 3 winner of The Ultimate Fighter was in top form throughout the fight and was more than content to engage in a striking contest against the 42-year-old Le. The No. 8 ranked Bisping turned the tide in Round 2 when he landed a stiff jab that began to close the former Strikeforce champion’s right eye. Bisping peppered his opponent with crisp combinations and had Le’s face a bloody mask by the end of the frame. While Le had a few solid moments in the third stanza, he was still no match for Bisping’s diversified and precise striking attack.
The end would come just 57 seconds into Round 4 after Bisping crumpled Le with a damaging knee to the face and followed up with punches. He improved his Octagon record to 15-6 and earned a Performance of the Night bonus. The always talkative English fighter stays relevant in the 185-pound division and still has hopes of securing an elusive future title shot.
In his post-fight interview, Bisping called out No. 5 ranked Luke Rockhold for his next Octagon appearance. The two competitors have plenty of bad blood between them and have been looking to face one another for quite some time. The organization has been reportedly targeting Lyoto Machida as Rockhold’s next opponent, but those plans could change. Bisping and Rockhold have a genuine disdain for one another and would shape up as a meaningful, middleweight grudge-match.
It’ll be very interesting to see what comes next for Bisping. He got his swagger back against Le and clearly remains a major figure in the 185-pound landscape. As for Le, he showed tremendous toughness in lasting as long as he did. He’ll now have to do some serious soul-searching as to whether or not he wants to continue with his UFC career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports