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ufc fight night 48

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)

MAIN CARD

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

ufc fight night 49

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.

ufc fight night 48

Michael Bisping isn’t afraid to say exactly what he feels.

As “The Count” prepares to meet Cung Le this Saturday from China at UFC Fight Night 48, he knows that nothing short of a win will be enough.

After returning from an eye injury that left him sidelined for a year, Bisping (24-6) lost to Tim Kennedy in April. He has alternated wins and losses in each of his last five fights since a four-bout win streak over 2010-11.

“This is a must-win fight for me. I have to prove to the UFC, I have to prove to the fans, and I have to prove to myself that I’m still an elite fighter who can go on, get some wins over contenders, and fight for the UFC title,” he said. “My last fight against Tim Kennedy sucked; it was the worst performance of my life. Kennedy had a gameplan to hold me down and he executed that gameplan well.

Despite initially feeling ready for action, the Brit now believes he made a critical mistake taking the fight vs. Kennedy in the first place.

“In hindsight, I should never have accepted a fight just seven weeks after getting cleared to return to the gym after my eye injury,” Bisping said. “Yes, I was anxious to get back in there and earn my first paycheck in over a year but, with hindsight, I needed several months in the gym getting rid of ringrust. Instead, I made a huge mistake in taking on a wrestler like Kennedy without putting the work in – and I paid for it.”

Since turning pro in 2004, Bisping has avoided falling victim to a losing streak, and he isn’t about to let the former Strikeforce champion Le become the first to do such a thing.

“I’ve been fighting high-level competition for the last six, seven years,” he stated. “But I don’t want to be one of the guys in the Top-10 who wins a few and loses a few. I want to be No. 1 and I want to fight for the UFC title.

“My back is against the wall in terms of making that happen. I need to win to prove that I’m not just some fighter with a name who is fighting here and there for paydays.”

As for Le in general, Bisping knows he’ll be facing a different style fighter than Kennedy, Alan Belcher or many others he’s battled along the way. There is one area he feels an advantage will hold true in his corner.

“He’s got good power, he’s a great striker if he can keep it long (at a distance) but he’s got nothing against the cage,” he said. “He’s got no stamina, either. But he’s very dangerous if you let him do what he does best.”

ice bucket challenge

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre showed that his knees are getting stronger after surgery, taking part in the ever-growing “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS recently.

GSP, who tore his ACL earlier this year and had surgery, remains away from MMA and the UFC since announcing his self-imposed “retirement.”

Unlike many who do the challenge, St-Pierre also made sure to point out the important part – donating. In accepting, he sent out a challenge of his own to Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Eugenie Bouchard.

Check out GSP’s ice-filled challenge below:

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