According to an Aug. 23 report from MMA Frenzy, the results are in from the UFC Fight Night card that went down on Aug. 23 at the CotaiArena in Macau, China. The event, which was headlined with a key middleweight clash between Michael Bisping and Cung Le, aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC Fight Night opened with an intriguing women's bantamweight bout, as Milana Dudieva defeated Elizabeth Phillips via split-decision. One would have to guess what's next for Phillips, as she dropped back-to-back decisions in the UFC. Will she be brought back for one more fight? Time will tell how the situation pans out.
Phillips dropped a close decision to Valerie Letourneau at UFC 174, and the odds weren't in her favor at UFC Fight Night in China. Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night card, Royston Wee edged Yao Zhikui in yet another split-decision that was decided by the judges. Fight fans didn't have to wait long for an explosive finish, as Colby Covington pounded out Wang Anying in the opening frame of the third bout of the night.
The ref had seen enough at the 4:50-mark of the first round. Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night 48 preliminary card, Yuta Sasaki stopped Roland Delorme with a rear-naked choke in the opening frame of action, for his first win under the UFC banner. Alberto Mina knocked out Shinsho Anzai in another first-round finish on the UFC Fight Night preliminary card, and Wang Sai coasted to victory in his fight in the UFC Fight Night 48 preliminary card headliner.
The fight fans are looking forward to on the main card is Bisping vs. Le, as both men are perennial contenders at middleweight. Bisping, 35, is running out of time to earn a UFC title shot, and he dropped two of his last three. As for Le, the 42-year-old is riding a two-fight win streak. However, he hasn't fought in over a year.
Bisping vs. Le isn't a No. 1 contender fight, but whoever wins will likely be considered a top 10 contender at middleweight. In the UFC Fight Night co-main, Tyron Woodley goes toe-to-toe with Dong Hyun Kim at welterweight. Woodley is coming off a loss to Rory MacDonald, while Kim is riding a four-fight win streak. The UFC is holding two events on the same day on Aug. 23, on opposite sides of the world.
Shortly after the Bisping vs. Le bout, the UFC heads to Oklahoma for another UFC Fight Night card. UFC Fight Night 49, which also goes down on Aug. 23, will see Benson Henderson taking on Rafael Dos Anjos.