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UFC Fight Night 48 results recap: Michael Bisping vs Cung Le fight review and analysis

Had Michael Bisping suffered another loss, his championship aspirations would have likely been all but dashed. Instead, “The Count” brutalized Cung Le in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48: “Bisping vs. Le” in Macau, China, finishing off the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion in the fourth round. Whether you like it or not, Bisping is here to stay. Take a look at our fight review below.

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Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks after all.

Michael Bisping looked as crisp as ever with his stand up at UFC Fight Night 48: "Bisping vs. Le," crushing Cung Le in the main event by earning the fourth-round stoppage via technical knockout (watch video highlights here).

Before stepping inside the Octagon this past Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014) at Cotai Arena in Macau, China, "The Count" was coming off a lopsided loss to Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale in April, and his middleweight title hopes seemed to have swirled down the drain for good.

If the Englishman lost to Le in devastating fashion, Bisping suggested that he might consider "doing something else," since he has been employed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for nearly a decade and has never secured a crack at the belt.

In Le's last bout, he decimated Rich Franklin with one punch at UFC on Fuel TV 6, but that was two years ago. Many questions surrounded the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion, since he was stepping inside the Octagon for a fourth time at the tender age of 42 years old.

After all, the kickboxing standout is more or less a part-time combatant.

It was a must-win contest for both, yet Bisping certainly had a lot more to chew on his plate, considering he still had hopes of getting a title shot before his career comes to a close.

In the opening round of the "Fight Pass" main event, Bisping looked to close the distance, but he had to be careful since Le was already throwing spinning strikes and head kick attempts. While staying technical, Bisping was on the hunt for openings. Bisping then started to counter Le's shots, finding his groove while his opponent couldn't quite keep up with him. Nevertheless, Le landed some hard kicks to Bisping's body, and it was apparent "The Count" couldn't take those all night.

Toward the end of the round, Bisping found his range and started to land his combinations, which looked a bit faster than usual.

In round two, Bisping landed a punch that seemed like an eye poke at first based on the former Strikeforce champion's reaction. With his right eye shut, Le started to back up while Bisping pounced on him because the referee decided not to intervene. Le started to bleed from the nose, and after Bisping's punches continued to land, the part-time actor was cut above his left eye, with the blood gushing like a faucet.

Bisping showcased his new and improved arsenal by throwing numerous high kicks and went to the body as well, but Le's best shots were counters, and Bisping had to be cautious. Most of the punches Bisping absorbs in his fights are counter shots, and if Le was going to rock him, it was going to be when "The Count" least expected it. Le started to turn it on by going to the body with a few kicks, after lacing Bisping with a solid right hand.

Before entering the third round, the ringside physician checked on Le and informed the fighter's corner about Le's right eye eventually being swollen shut and seemed genuinely concerned. Le had his best moments in the third, though, clocking Bisping with another right hand and continued to find a home for his kicks to the liver.

It put the Englishman on edge ... yet in a more cautious way.

It must be stressed that when Bisping attacked Le, he never threw just one punch, and closed his combinations with a kick that either went high or low. He continued to land uppercuts, too, and it looked as if Le needed a miracle shot by that time since he was beginning to fade. Le was exhausted by the end of the third frame, but hung on to land another hook that staggered the Brit.

When he went back to his corner before entering the fourth round, the decorated mixed martial arts (MMA) champion's right eye was completely shut.

With his face reminiscent of a mutant, Le deserved credit for staying alive, although his night was coming to a close. After pressing forward and attacking with punches, Bisping had Le not too far from the fence, looking to seal the deal. After showcasing his excellent cardio and improved footwork, "The Count" blazed through Le with lefts, right, uppercuts, body shots and a left knee that finally dropped his foe.

Bisping secured the finish soon after, which was his ninth win by technical knockout under the Zuffa banner. It was a masterful performance for "The Count," who showcased his improved skills. We often say a young prospect continues to get better every time we see him, however, Bisping truly does bounce back from a loss by looking outstanding -- he's never lost two straight bouts in his life.

By the end of the scrap, Le's face was a total disaster, sporting cuts all over.

With Luke Rockhold in attendance, Bisping proceeded to call out the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product, eager to end their war of words with a date inside the Octagon.

Although, it seems as if the former Strikeforce Middleweight titleholder may be onto bigger and better things, since he's only tasted defeat once since his Strikeforce debut in 2008, while Bisping found himself in a must-win situation.

Does a fight pitting the Englishman against Rockhold make sense or are there more sensible options?

For complete UFC Fight Night 48: "Bisping vs. Le" coverage, check out our story stream right here.