The headlining attraction at today's (Sat., Aug. 23, 2014) UFC Fight Night 48: "Bisping vs. Le" event at the CotaiArena in Macau featured Michael Bisping hoping to start a winning streak against Cung Le, who was seeing action for the first time in nearly two years.
It was a feeling out process early on, though Bisping was countering with a right hand while Le was attacking the body. As the bout wore on, "The Count" opened up a bit. Early in the second, Le seemed to be complaining of an eye poke but the referee never stepped in to halt the action.
Instead, Le circled away with his eye shut and Bisping attacking in an attempt to take advantage. The commentary team alerted us via the production truck that it was a clean punch that did the damage.
The referee stepped in to call a stop to the action not due to an infraction but because he wanted the doctor to check on Le's eye. He was bleeding badly from a cut near his left eye in addition to the hard punch that swelled up his right eye.
After a brief conversation, the bout continued.
It wasn't long before another stoppage in the action when Le hit low on a side kick. When they restarted, Le, whose eyes were swollen badly at this point, came out firing like he knew he was running out of time. His furious push for a finish came up short.
That was his last gasp, too, because while it took some time, Bisping earned a finish with a relentless attack. A hard knee was what ultimately dropped Le, but the reality of the situation was Cung couldn't see out of one eye. It was always a matter of time.
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