Following his unanimous decision loss to Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale this past April, Michael Bisping wasted no time in asking for another fight.
The British banger got what he wanted, as he was pegged to face former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48, which goes down inside the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, on Aug. 23, 2014, live on UFC Fight Pass.
For "The Count," getting back inside the cage was the only way to get over the "cuddle fest" he endured at the hands of Kennedy (recap).
At least, that's what he told Fighters Only:
"I wanted a fight as soon as possible after that loss. Kennedy didn't land a punch on me. He didn't want to fight. It was a cuddle-fest. I was so disappointed that I wanted to get back in the Octagon and show the world what I can do. You're only ever as good as your last fight."
Indeed, Kennedy was able to nullify Bisping's offense with his smothering wrestling and takedowns.
Cuddling Wrestling, however, is the last thing the Brit will have to worry about when he faces Le, a proven and devastating striker.
And while Le and Bisping looked liked best friends chumming it up during their recent promotional tour, they'll be anything but come fight night, as Bisping says he plans to bring the hurt to Le.
"I'm very excited to fight in Macau. It will be my first time competing out there, which is both an honor and a privilege. However, I am going there to fight and Cung Le is going down! I'm going to show the world that I'm here to stay. I'm going nowhere and will soon be back to the top. Cung Le is going to get beat, from pillar to post. As soon as the ref says 'fight' he's going to be in a world of pain. He's completely outmatched. I'm bigger, stronger, taller, I've got the reach, and I'm much better looking!"
As for this weekend's (Sat., July 5, 2014) UFC 175 main event between 185-pound champ Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida -- which goes down inside The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada -- Bisping says the much "faster" challenger will outpoint the much "slower" champ.
"It's a good fight but I think Machida will win by decision. Weidman's slow. I think Machida's too quick for him. I think Machida's too quick for most people!"
A win over Le would get Bisping back on his path to the ever-elusive title shot against what he believes will be a new champion come this weekend.
Do you agree?