Michael Bisping and Cung Le were expected to engage in a stand-up battle, and that's exactly what occurred in Macau. After an evenly matched 1st round, Bisping took over in the later rounds and finished Le early in the 4th for the TKO victory.
An entertaining 1st round saw Le attack the body with heavy kicks and punches, while Bisping was the sharper boxer and throwing more volume. It was a well-paced opening round with Le arguably landing the harder strikes in a fairly close round.
However, in the 2nd round a clean left hook caught Le in his right eye, which had him visibly in pain and soon bloodied. Bisping relentlessly attacked with an array of strikes that had Le on his heels. Le thought he'd been poked, and he said as such to the doctor when he took a look at his eye. The fight resumed with Le finding somewhat of a 2nd wind and upping his output, but his left eye was also bleeding and was badly swollen. One thing that was worth noting was Bisping throwing plenty of spinning strikes, which we'd not really seen more than once or twice in any of his previous bouts.
Le gamely fought on in the 3rd, landing body kicks and occasionally finding a home for his right hook to stun Bisping, but Bisping was the aggressor and his punches kept shredding Le's face to the point where you wondered whether or not the corner would let him continue. Alas, this is MMA, and corner stoppages happen once every 3 years. Le was still throwing but he was a thoroughly beaten man.
In round 4 it was all Bisping, who blitzed Le with a series of unanswered punches and then dropped Le with a knee. A few more punches mercifully called a halt to the bout. Terrific combination work from Bisping provided the finishing touches to a much-needed win.
Official Result: Michael Bisping (25-6) def. Cung Le (9-3) via TKO (strikes) at :57 of round 4.
Bisping called out Luke Rockhold as someone he'd like to fight next, and even said Rockhold "has the hots for him". those two have not been shy in exchanging a war of words over the past several months.
Keep watch for more post-fight analysis and the press conference from Macau.