UFC Fight Night 48 started the UFC's two-event day. The card took place in Macau, China, and underwhelmed nearly everyone.
Up until the final two bouts, it could have been placed among the worst UFC cards in history. It was a terrible showing. However, the top-tier athletes in the final two bouts came to perform.
The thing is, I knew what this card was going to be like. I set an alarm anyway. Why can't I love myself? Don't I deserve better than this?— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) August 23, 2014
The fans who decided to sleep in and miss the card did not miss much. In fact, if you missed the action, you may have been better off. The first eight fights were that awful. Regardless, it was just the appetizer for the UFC's evening event from Tulsa.
Let's take a look at the main card results and recap all the action that took place.
Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le
Bisping put on a show in Macau on Saturday.
Cung Le throws a few spinning attacks in the first round, all in vein ... er, vain.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 23, 2014
They're saying it wasn't a poke, it came from a punch— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) August 23, 2014
Le busted open now. Goldie confirms via the truck that it was a punch, not a poke, that nailed Le in the eye.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 23, 2014
We gotta do something about these fists in MMA. #UFCMacao— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) August 23, 2014
Cung Le looks a hot mess right now. His right eye swollen shut nearly. Huge round for Bisping.— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) August 23, 2014
No quit in Cung Le. Fighting with one eye, but still firing back. Bisping seems like he's getting frustrated at having to keep doing this.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) August 23, 2014
For just over three rounds, Bisping battered the former Strikeforce champion with his volume boxing. Le was able to land a few shots here and there, but the pace and volume of Bisping's strikes wore on him over the rounds.
One of the most devastating punches Bisping landed was one to the eye of Le. It caused major swelling, and Le winced out of it continuously. The impaired vision played into Bisping's hands.
Bisping with a nice finish in round 4! Nice knee.— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) August 23, 2014
Well that was an awesome Michael Bisping, you guys.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) August 23, 2014
Bisping: There's an idiot called Luke Rockhold. I think he has the hots for me to be honest. You want it? Let's dance.— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) August 23, 2014
Finally, in the fourth round, Bisping put together a fight-ending combination. It was a knee that dropped Le, and Bisping finished up his work on the ground. After the fight, Bisping called out Luke Rockhold, the two having traded words in the past.
It was a good ending to a poor card and one of Bisping's best performances.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tyron Woodley
Kim's new, exciting style earned him notoriety, but Woodley knocked him back to earth.
Well that didn't take long - Tyron Woodley KO's Dong Hyun Kim in the first round. Hype train derailed #UFC— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) August 23, 2014
Dong Hyun Kim's craziness made it fun against Erick Silva and John Hathaway. Can't do that against Woodley though. Wood R1 TKO.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 23, 2014
Kim came out aggressive and then got clocked while throwing a spinning backfist. Woodley capitalized on the knockdown for a quick TKO victory. It took all of 61 seconds for the No. 4-ranked contender to move back into the win column.
Quick, exciting and impressive. There's not much more to say.
Zhang Lipeng vs. Brendan O’Reilly
Just another awful fight on this fight card.
Not the best back to back fights ever— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) August 23, 2014
Well. At least this Macau crowd is smart enough to boo really terrible fights.— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) August 23, 2014
O'Reilly had cardio issues, and Lipeng took advantage. To Lipeng's credit, he did look much improved in all areas of MMA. The TUF: China winner is steadily getting better. His performances will only help advance MMA in the Chinese market.
Even so, the truth is this fight was terrible.
Lipeng got the decision win, and that's what was important for him. He'll keep moving forward in his career.
Ning Guangyou vs. Jianping Yang
The first fight of the card was woeful. The most entertaining thing about the fight was the reactions it got on Twitter from both fans and media.
The "action" on the feet is hilariously awful— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) August 23, 2014
Another terrible TUF China fight...— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) August 23, 2014
"It's anybody's fight, Kenny." Not mine, Mike, not mine.— Jeff Wagenheim SI (@jeffwagenheim) August 23, 2014
When the clapping signal that there's just 10 seconds left in the fight gets the fight's biggest ovation ...— Jeff Wagenheim SI (@jeffwagenheim) August 23, 2014
Collectively, it seems that press row believes that might have been the worst fight they've ever seen.— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) August 23, 2014
The crowd erupted in boos at the conclusion of the inaction. The two combined for 74 total strikes over the course of 15 minutes. No one will remember this fight in the long run. Completely forgettable.
The featherweight winner for The Ultimate Fighter: China ended up being Ning Guangyou.
UFC Fight Night 48 Quick Results
- Michael Bisping defeated Cung Le by TKO at 0:57 of the fourth round
- Tyron Woodley defeated Dong Hyun Kim by TKO at 1:01 of the first round
- Zhang Lipeng defeated Brendan O'Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ning Guangyou defeated Jianping Yang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Wang Sai defeated Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Alberto Mina defeated Shinsho Anzai by TKO at 4:17 of the first round
- Yuta Sasaki defeated Roland Delorme via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:06 of the first round
- Colby Covington defeated Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 of the first round
- Royston Wee defeated Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Milana Dudieva defeated Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)