After getting out
humped wrestled by Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale last month -- which resulted in a unanimous decision loss -- Michael Bisping will look to get back in the winner's circle when he takes on Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48: "Macau" on Aug. 23, 2014 in Macau, China.
Unlike his battle against Kennedy, "The Count" says his bout opposite Le will prove to be an action-filled fight, seeing as how Le, much like Bisping, prefers to stand-and-bang.
And after suffering three losses in his last five bouts, Bisping looks to make a point against Le and show fight fans across the globe that it's still worth their time to tune in to his bouts.
He said as much during a recent interview on The MMA Hour:
"No, Cung Le isn't taking me down and I won't take him down. This fight has fireworks written all over it. That's why I'm excited for the match up. It will be a great striking battle. I'm really looking forward to main event in China and I'm going to give the people what they paid to see. I feel like I didn't live up to my words last fight and I've got a point to prove to myself and a point to prove to the paying public that you should still watch my fights and that I'm still a contender. That all starts with Cung Le. Apologies for my last fight, I was trying my best. Only one of us wanted to fight and that was me, the other one didn't want to engage. Still, it's a two horse race. Tune in on August 23 because your going to see some action for sure."
Just in case the fight turns into a wrestling match, Bisping has been brushing up on his grappling skills down at Reign Training Center with Mark Munoz. But "The Count" doesn't expect that to happen, as he eyes an all stand-up battle against a man who has built a reputation by knocking peoples' heads off thanks to his vicious striking attack.
In the process, the brash Brit hopes to put on an fireworks-filled fight just to remind UFC fans that he is still worth watching, he's still a contender, and that he's a much more exciting fighter than his bout against Kennedy showed.
But is going tit-for-tat against one of the best strikers in the game today a winning strategy for Bisping? After all, getting the "W' is still priority No. 1.