Former Strikeforce champion Cung Le never recovered from a nasty jab that left his right eye swollen shut and bleeding, falling to Michael Bisping Saturday at UFC Fight Night 48.
Le, who has competed just a dozen times in his MMA career due to work in films, the loss was a tough one. He did his best to trade verbal jabs with Bisping in the days leading up to the fight, but he was never able to connect much of his patented striking.
“I feel like I did pretty good for a 42-year-old man,” Le said. “Give it up for Bisping. Asian power. I tried to represent.
“He closed my eye up in the first. He was the better man. There was nothing I could do.”
Le, who turned 42 earlier this year, suffered his second loss inside the Octagon and third career defeat via TKO. He was also finished by Wanderlei Silva in his UFC debut in 2011 and lost to Scott Smith in 2009 in Strikeforce.
Channing Tatum, who has starred in movies alongside Le, was in attendance for the fight from Macau, China.