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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.

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos.

Tonight’s card comes us from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with bouts airing on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Now, on to the fights! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results.


Wilson Reis vs. Joby Sanchez

We kick things off in the flyweight ranks with Wilson Reis (17-5) welcoming Joby Sanchez (6-0) and his perfect record to the Octagon.

Round 1: Here we go and Reis quickly takes the center of the Octagon and Sanchez is on his bike moving freely. Very little action, as these two are feeling each other out. Reis with a little flurry, and throws up a head-kick that gets blocked. Overhand left lands by Sanchez, but Reis eats it and fires back. Another head kick from Reis is blocked, but he’s setting it up nicely. Right hand out of Sanchez connects and buckles him for a brief moment. Off a left, Reis scores with a power takedown. Sanchez right to his feet, but gets brought back down. Transition to the back by Reis as he secures the body lock. Sanchez stands, but Reis remains on his back and he is searching for the choke with under 40 seconds to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Round 2: Left hook lands for Sanchez and drops Reis, but he recovers and is back up. Seconds later, a head kick connects from Sanchez that floors Reis once again. This time he pounces, but Reis recovers and tries to grapple. After that incredible early onslaught, things have slowed down greatly. Reis with a right and follows up by scoring with a double-leg takedown. Reis transitions to the back, just like the first round, and secures a lock. He’s working for a potential submission, but Sanchez gets free. Another takedown for Reis, who transitions to the back once more with just seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Round 3: Perfectly-timed takedown to start for Reis, but he’s unable to keep Sanchez on the canvas. He gives up his back and Reis is again elevated while locking up a body triangle. Sanchez avoids the choke and uses underhooks to work Reis off his back. However, he again gets taken down and Reis goes to the back. Nice job by Sanchez to slip out the back and get to his feet. One more takedown for Reis as we head under 90 seconds to go. Reis has a neck crank secured with a minute left, but Sanchez slips free and is now pounding away.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Reis

Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly

Ben Saunders (16-6-2) makes his return to the UFC, taking on Chris Heatherly (10-2) in a welterweight bout.

Round 1: Saunders throws off four straight kicks, but the last one results in Heatherly scoring a takedown. Saunders working for a submission, though, and Heatherly is in trouble. Saunders has the left arm locked and is yanking on it hard and there is the tap.

Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (Omoplata) at 2:18 of Round 1

Aaron Phillips vs. Matt Hobar

Bantamweights do battle for our next fight, as Aaron Phillips (8-1) goes up against Matt Hobar (8-2).

Round 1: Hobar in deep on a single-leg and he scores with it less than a minute in. Hobard inside the guard and Phillips tries to throw up a triangle choke. He almost secures it for a second time, but Hobar slips his head out. Phillips again tries for a triangle, but he is very active on his back – almost more so than Hobar. By moving to side control, Hobar is able to get his offense going, landing a handful of elbows. Phillips back to working hard off his back, firing off elbows of his own as Hobar tries to advance. Big upkicks out of Phillips and Hobar is back inside the guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hobar

Round 2: Seconds in and Hobar scores with another takedown. He’s on the back and Phillips is trying to break the grip. Great little battle for control on the ground and Hobar starts pounding away and takes the back once again. Solid knees land by Hobar as Phillips stands. Knee from Phillips now, but Hobar catches it. Two huge overhand lefts by Hobar but Phillips just laughs and fires back with a combo of his own as he works to get loose after being held down. Uppercut and a left from Phillips, but he winds up on his back again. He goes for a triangle, but that results in Hobar gaining side control and opening up a good-sized cut by the left eye.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 Hobar

Round 3: Once again, it’s Hobar with a takedown just moments in. He’s in trouble here after these first two rounds, but works to his feet and fires off an elbow. He gets in too close, though, and gets thrown to the canvas once more. Side control and more elbows to the face for Hobar as we head under three minutes. Hobar transitions to the guard now and is continuing to use effective ground-and-pound. Phillips trying his best to get to his feet, attempting a switch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hobar

Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin

Two lightweights enter the Octagon next, as Beneil Dariush (7-1) goes up against Tony Martin (8-1).

Round 1: Fresh off his “MJ” walkout, Dariush is looking to counter. However, he eats a huge uppercut and Martin is being very aggressive. Flying attack by Dariush misses and Martin catches him against hte fence. He’s busted him open from the nose it appears and blood is flowing. Dariush coming back as we go under the two-minute mark, landing with more strikes. Big flurry by Martin is answered at the end by Dariush.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Martin

Round 2: Huge uppercut from Martin right off the bat, following up with a kick to the lead leg. Dariush answers with a kick to the body. Dariush trying to make this an ugly fight, fending off a takedown and really making Martin work hard. Takedown from Dariush and he transitions to a head-and-arm choke. He continues to secure it and forces Martin to tap.

Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (head-and-arm choke) at 3:38 of Round 2

Neil Magny vs. Alex Garcia

We’ll conclude the prelims with welterweights Neil Magny (11-3) and Alex Garcia (12-1) doing battle.

Round 1: Magny using his reach to his advantage, keeping Garcia at bay so far. Garcia gets wild and Magny tries for the takedown and gets it. Magny tries for a rear-naked choke but it gets broke up by Garcia. He remains on top and in control, dominating Garcia with punches to the face and body. Good elbows to the body now from Magny. He’s working for an arm submission but is unable to score with it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Magny

Round 2: Garcia has an injured right leg, but he is still trying to throw it. The knee looks seriously injured, though, and it’s going to be an issue. Takedown from Garcia scores, but he is unable to do any damage. Magny now trying to avoid the strikes, which he is doing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Garcia

Round 3: The doctor looked at Garcia’s knee before the round and he allowed him to continue. He scores with a takedown and is working for a submission now, but Magny is able to use his wrestling prowess and keep him from working the choke. Garcia now in total control, not able to get his striking off. Garcia again to his back and working for a rear-naked choke, but Magny bucks him right off. Modified powerbomb from Magny to get out of it and he is looking to throw now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Garcia

Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)


Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly

Let’s open up the main card with featherweight action featuring Finland’s Tom Niinimaki (21-6-1) and Chas Skelly (11-1).

Round 1: Niinimaki tries for a guillotine off being taken down, but is denied and broke. Skelly moves to the back and is working a neck crank and forces the tap. A nearly-perfect night of work for Skelly.

Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

James Vick vs. Valmir Lazaro

Lightweights look to light up the Octagon next, as the unbeaten James Vick (5-0) faces off with Valmir Lazaro (12-2).

Round 1: Both are looking to land kicks early. Lazaro connects to the lead leg, and Vick fires back with his own. More leg kicks from both fighters, and it appears as if Lazaro is winning that. He looks to have injured his shin and Lazaro connects with a right. Head kick by Vick a glancing blow and he adds a knee to the body that appears to hurt Lazaro for a brief moment. These two are throwing everything, and wildly, and Vick is running into a lot of big-time strikes. Vick is finding his range and hurting Lazaro, who shoots for a takedown and scores. Lazaro with a second takedown of this round, but he can’t keep Vick down. Another good exchange to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lazaro

Round 2: Lazaro backing Vick down to start this round. Both men appear to have slowed it down, and Lazaro counters with a perfectly-executed combo. A lot of strikes are missing, but Lazaro has opened a cut under the left eye. Huge shot from Vick and Lazaro is wobbly, almost out on his feet. He ties up for a takedown, Vick avoids it and Lazaro comes back with a right out of nowhere. He appeared to be out, and Vick connects again. Lazaro misses and eats a head kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vick

Round 3: Lazaro ducks under a kick and connects to the body, but he ate another right hand just before that. Vick again with the right and Lazaro shoots. He’s got him up against the fence, with Vick searching for a guillotine. Nice knees to the body by Vick and he shows his chin is still there, taking shots right to it. They stand and trade in the center of the Octagon. Vick drops him again and pounces, trying to secure a headlock. Somehow, though, Lazaro has recovered and we have a low blow. Lazaro is ready to go and Vick lands a kick to the midsection.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vick

James Vick def. Valmir Lazaro via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Max Holloway vs. Clay Collard

Back to the featherweight division, as Max Holloway (9-3) welcomes Clay Collard (13-4) to the Octagon.

Round 1: Holloway with a good jab and he eats a second head kick within the first minute of the fight. Collard catches a knee and lands a right of his own, trying for a takedown but is denied. Flying switch-kick from Collard is missed, but he’s throwing some interesting things at Holloway. Collard attempting to bait him in, but so far, Holloway isn’t biting. Holloway catches him with a right that backs Collard up and continues the assault, throwing a flying knee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holloway

Round 2: Collard looking to get his boxing going, as the announcers note he has 60 amateur boxing fights. Holloway, though, lands the first good strikes of this round and has him backing up. Holloway hurts him with a jab and attacks, throwing another flying knee. Somehow, Collard takes it and is now coming forward, even shooting for a single-leg takedown. Holloway throws a kick, transitions and takes the back, but is unable to lock up the choke he was looking for. Collard is looking for the one-punch knockout, but Holloway is too quick. Holloway lands with a kick and tries for a takedown, only to wind up with Holloway on his back. Triangle attempt for Holloway with 30 seconds left, but he is unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holloway

Round 3: Collard coming forward, showing he knows he needs a finish. Collard is letting it all hang out, transitioning to a takedown attempt. The takedown is denied and Holloway connects with a knee that drops Collard. He’s working on getting inside the guard and doing damage as we head under three minutes. Holloway looking for a rear-naked choke, flattening him out and firing away with elbows. Collard rolls to his back and is getting hammered with shots. To the back again and the ref is getting close to stopping it and he does.

Max Holloway def. Clay Collard via TKO (strikes) at 3:47 of Round 3

Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites

We head to the middleweight ranks for our next bout between Francis Carmont (21-9) and former top contender Thales Leites (23-4).

Round 1: Carmont with the first damaging strike, kicking the lead leg out from Leites. Leites, though, comes back with a stiff jab that connects. Carmont shoots for a takedown, but is denied. A lot of clinching and feeling out, not much action from either fighter to start. Carmont flexes his might, though, in denying the takedown attempts of Leites.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 2: Leites comes right out on the attack, lands and drops Carmont. He follows up, but Carmont might have been out when he hit the canvas. This one is all over for the former contender.

Thales Leites def. Francis Carmont via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 2

Jordan Mein vs. Mike Pyle

Welterweights collide in the co-main event next, as Jordan Mein (28-9) squares off against Mike Pyle (26-9-1).

Round 1: Mein immediately comes out after Pyle, forcing him to retreat. Pyle tries for a takedown, gets an ankle, and is denied. Good left from Pyle lands as he swoops in. Out of nowhere, Mein connects and sends Pyle crashing to the canvas. The ref appears to touch Mein to pull him off, but backs up and gives Pyle a chance. Mein continues the onslaught and this one is all over.

Jordan Mein def. Mike Pyle via TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of Round 1

Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos

It’s time for the main event, as former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (21-3) takes on Rafael dos Anjos (21-7).

Round 1: Loud “Benson” chant right from the start as they square off. Dos Anjos takes early control of the center of the Octagon, but it’s Henderson who lands with a kick to the lead leg. Massive hooks just misses by Henderson, who follows with a right and eats a left. Excellent body shot from Henderson and it gets answered right back. Push-kick by Henderson sends RFA flying to the canvas. Dos Anjos catches him against the fence, lands a combo and follows up with a knee. RDA continues to attack and he stuns Henderson. The ref steps in and this one is all over, as John McCarthy called it. Henderson tries to tell him he is fine and can keep going, but we have a huge upset to conclude the evening.

Rafael dos Anjos def. Benson Henderson via KO (strike) at 2:31 of Round 1

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 48 “Bisping vs. Le.”

Today’s card comes to us from the CotaiArena in Macau, China and airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Now, on to the fights! Remember to keep hitting refresh for the latest results.

In early prelim action:

Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 of Round 1

Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:106 of Round 1

Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 1

Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Ning Guangyou vs. Yang Jianping

We kick-start the main card with the delayed finals from The Ultimate Fighter: China, as welterweights Ning Guangyou (4-2-1) and Yang Jianping (7-3-1) square off.

Round 1: Big overhand left from Ning, as he comes in low. They clinch and Yang scores the takedown. Nice transition for Ning off an underhook and he takes Yang down and moves into side control. Into the guard goes Ning, hammering away with stiff elbows and body shots. Ning just coming after him with everything, throwing power strikes at will. He’s stalking Yang down but eats a huge right-hand. Three big knees to the body inside the clinch by Ning connect. One more knee to the body that Yang wakes right into.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ning

Round 2: All Ning to start this round, much like the first. But, here comes Yang, throwing some nice rights back. Yang tries for a takedown, is denied, and gets taken down himself. Into the guard goes Ning and he begins hammering away. Ning catches him in a guillotine choke and almost appears to get the win, but Yang survives and fights out of it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ning

Round 3: Ning just continuing to apply pressure, forcing Yang to constantly be on the defense and backing up. He’s yet to really execute much in terms of offense in this fight. Little action, as neither fighter wants to make a mistake at this point. They’ve been warned for action by the ref, and the crowd has been very hot to get them going.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yang

Ning Guangyou def. Yang Jianping via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to become The Ultimate Fighter: China welterweight winner

Zhang Lipeng vs. Brendan O’Reilly

A previous winner of The Ultimate Fighter: China, Zhang Lipeng (8-7-1) returns to the Octagon to face Brendan O’Reilly (5-0) in a lightweight clash.

Round 1: No touch of gloves coming out from these two, as Lipeng looks very focused. O’Reilly with more of a calm, but focused, attitude on his face. He peppers him with several lefts and Lipeng answers with a kick. O’Reilly shoots for a takedown, clinches and goes to work on knees to the legs of Lipeng. Eventually, O’Reilly tries for a trip, only to get reversed and wind up on his back. Lipeng did a nice job while defending that original takedown by using his elbow against the fence to remain upright. Excellent guard by O’Reilly keeps Lipeng from passing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lipeng

Round 2: Must be out of habit, as Lipeng again begins to extend his glove and gets nothing from O’Reilly. Good right lands by O’Reilly after countering a kick. Instead of O’Reilly following up with more offense, it’s Lipeng the aggressor. O’Reilly goes for another takedown and is denied. Lipeng reverses and has him against the clinch, landing short elbows and knees. Takedown scores for Lipeng and he takes the back with just under two minutes to go. He’s got his hooks in and rolls to the ground with a body lock.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lipeng

Round 3: All Lipeng here in the early going, keeping O’Reilly at a distance with leg kicks. Trip takedown from Lipeng and he immediately takes the back. He’s got the body lock secured and is hammering away on O’Reilly, who is bleeding profusely out of the mouth. Just relentless offense from Lipeng, but O’Reilly is doing all he can to defend and survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Lipeng

Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tyron Woodley

Our co-main event will see welterweights Dong Hyun Kim (19-3-1) and Tyron Woodley (14-3) go to war inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Well, nothing like putting on a finishing performance in front of the man who called you out. Woodley comes out, stuns “Stun Gun” after ducking a spinning attack and quickly pounces, pounding away on him and scoring the quick victory. This one is all over.

Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1

Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le

It’s time for the main event, as middleweights Michael Bisping (24-6) and Cung Le (9-2) settle their differences over five rounds – if necessary.

Round 1: Le flexes his kickboxing with a quick kick to the midsection. Another stiff right kick lands. Bisping fires back with a kick of his own. Le goes low and lands a stiff jab, following up with a spinning attack. He’s targeting the midsection of “The Count.” Bisping with his own spinning kick appears to catch Le off guard. Kick from Le connects and nearly doubles Bisping over. Good 1-2 from Bisping to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 2: Bisping comes right out after Le, landing a right. Again, Le fires back with a kick. Another shot to the body lands by the former champion. Le looks to the ref, as it appears he got poked in the eye and can’t open his right eye. It’s bleeding now and Bisping is going after it. The Count is walking him down and Le still can’t see out of the eye. Head kick from Bisping and Le is in a bad position. Spinning attack by Bisping and now another cut is opened up by the left eye of Le. Le is covering up and is a bloody mess. We have a break in the action for the doctor to check over Le, as his face is covered in a crimson mask. His vision is fine and we are going to continue. They showed the replay of the possible eye poke and it was nothing but a straight jab to the eye. Perfectly legal, and very fight-changing. Another spin from Bisping and he is all over Le. Counter from Le nearly drops Bisping, and now he is coming after the Brit. Bisping catches a side kick low and we have a pause in the action. Le’s eyes are almost shut and he doesn’t look good. Sharp 1-2 from Bisping to the face and Le is breathing heavily.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 3: Heavy, heavy swelling under both eyes of Le. Despite the rough second round, Le is still pushing forward, attempting big kicks and throwing nasty hooks. Le lands with a right to the back of the ear and Bisping is retreating. Spinning kick from Le and he knows this is his time with the swelling and damage to his eyes. Bisping with a jab to the body and now he is going after Le, attacking him with lefts. It is quite evident Le is having trouble seeing out of his right eye, squinting and keeping his hand up to block. Bisping lands a flurry as we head under two minutes, but Le catches him with a short left. Another flurry out of Bisping. Fifteen minutes of nothing but striking so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 4: That right eye is almost completely swollen shut on Le heading into the fourth. Exchange of kicks and Bisping adds a flurry. Right hook gets through the defense of Le and lands, and now he’s backing up. Bisping catches him against the fence and is firing away with everything. Knee drops him and Bisping pounces, this one is all over.

Michael Bisping def. Cung Le via TKO (strikes) at :57 of Round 4

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Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson isn’t growing out his hair until he loses a fight. Or until he wins the belt back.

Instead, it’s one person who is controlling how long “Smooth’s” locks get.

“It can’t be cut for a little while,” said Henderson, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “The wife doesn’t want it cut.”

Henderson returns to action Saturday against Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49. He will put his two-fight win streak on the line in the main event, which is his seventh straight headline bout.

Since suffering a first round submission loss to Anthony Pettis for the title last year, Henderson has scored wins over Rustam Khabilov and Josh Thomson. His most recent win came via submission in the fourth round.

“(Dos Anjos is) most dangerous in his stand-up game. He’s been known for his Brazilian jiu-jitsu,” Henderson said. “But he’s been working on his striking and part of his late career resurgence has been because of his stand-up. He’s very accurate and dangerous and has power in his hands.”

Despite scoring a finish over Khabilov, Henderson has continually had to answer critics about his lack of stoppage victories. He earned split decisions over Thomson, Gilbert Melendez and Frankie Edgar, earning decisions over Nate Diaz, Edgar, Clay Guida, Jim Miller and Mark Bocek.

“I’m going after a great performance,” he said. “If I get a submission or knockout, or if a guy slips on a banana peel, I’ll take it. It’s all about having a good performance and getting your hand raised.”

FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos beginning Saturday night, along with post-fight news and information.

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Daniel Cormier broke some insider news himself on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday evening, reporting that his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Luke Rockhold might have a fight lined up.

Rockhold, a former Strikeforce champion, is in discussion to face Lyoto Machida, possibly at UFC on FOX 13 in December. That card was announced, but no fights have been set for it so far.

“This fight is being discussed,” Cormier said. “Both guys are open to it. I’d like to propose they fight on UFC on FOX in Phoenix or the pay-per-view with (Chris) Weidman and (Vitor) Belfort.”

Rockhold (12-2) has made mention of being ready to fill-in for Belfort should the top contender not make it to December and his title fight with Weidman. Machida (21-5) lost to Weidman earlier this year, dropping to 13-5 inside the Octagon.

Since falling to Belfort in Brazil last year, Rockhold has downed both Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch.

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