Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staged two live events on opposite sides of the spectrum last Sat. (Aug. 23, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 48 going down in Macau, China and UFC Fight Night 49 taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Ben Henderson -- who was finished by Rafael dos Anjos in the opening round, albeit controversially, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49 (video) -- and Dong Hyun Kim -- who was knocked out by Tyron Woodley in a little over a minute in Macau (recap).
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now less than 24 hours removed from an action-packed weekend?
The former Strikeforce middleweight titleholder looked to stay on the winning track by taking out one of the most well-known names on the UFC roster, Michael Bisping, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49. In doing so, the Sanshou specialist also looked to make "The Count" pay for his insulting pre-fight statements.
As for Bisping, he had his own agenda: to prove that even though he's been competing inside the Octagon for nearly a decade -- without at least one title fight to his credit -- he won't be a stepping stone for anyone and that he's still one of the best middleweights in the world.
After a first round that saw both men have their fair share of success on the feet, the tides quickly turned in round number two. And it was all thanks to a well-placed punch that opened Le up. Soon thereafter, Le's face began to spill blood by the bucketful, as Bisping's punches were on point, each one doing considerable damage to Cung's face.
Le refused to simply buckle without putting up a fight, as he continued to counter attack the British banger. An attack that saw "The Count" show off his striking skills, which included plenty of body shots, unexpected kicks, and an assortment of combinations to which Le sometimes had no answer for.
By round four, Cung's face was filled with cuts, bruises, and blood (pic). His right eye was swollen shut, and despite the ringside doctors letting him fight on, you knew it was just a matter of time before Bisping put him down for the count.
"The Count" did just that, by delivering a crushing knee to the body that signaled the end for Le in round four.
The performance was perhaps one of Bisping's best inside the Octagon; and though it likely won't earn him a title shot, it won't hurt his chances if he can rack up at least two more just like that.
As for Le, the future is a bit more gloomy. The 42-year-old striker has shown he can still fight at the highest level and has been able to maintain a physique most men half his age can only wish for.
Still, the fact remains, he's only fought twice in two years and with his Hollywood career still going strong, there isn't much reason to believe that Le, after such a crushing defeat, will be eager to step back into the cage anytime soon.
If at all.