I’ll be the first one to say it: I thought that Michael Bisping didn’t stand a chance in his bout against Cung Le. I thought that Le was going to knock out Bisping in the first round. And let’s be honest. Who didn’t? It’s no secret that Bisping has been in a bit of a slump. He was wrestled into oblivion by Tim Kennedy in his last outing and hasn’t really shown improvements in his last three fights. It seemed like the constant contender was finally slowing down. I guess Bisping never got that memo.
In his fight against Le, Bisping’s striking has never looked better. He put the pressure on Le from the beginning until the end of the fight, throwing crisp combos and really focusing on volume. No matter where Bisping was moving, he was never out of striking range, and while these shots didn’t contain a whole lot of power, they were doing something a lot more important: They were landing. Bisping was touching Le up with a bit of everything, from switch head kicks to jabs. He was just busting Le up. It was gorgeous.
It was a return to form for Bisping. Back when he first started fighting, Bisping simply wore guys down into submission. He just put a pace on guys to get them tired and then picked them apart. It is exactly why Bisping was so successful in his career. I’m glad to see that he was able to get a victory, and more importantly, a stoppage. I’m not a massive fan of Bisping, but the guy always shows up to fight, and you can’t hate a guy who does that.