"The tide really turned early in the second, when a counter left jab from Bisping opened a cut around Le’s left eye and may have damaged the eye itself; Le spent much of the rest of the fight squinting (though replays did not appear to show a finger or knuckle entering the area). Le began to bleed heavily, and his eye began to close. A doctor checked Le’s eye multiple times but allowed the fight to continue."
"Le probably couldn’t see much of the rest of what unfolded, but that might not be so bad for him. Though Le was hurt and rapidly tiring, his power remained intact, and the tough fighter continued to swing for the fences. But Bisping outclassed him each step of the way, using angles and footwork to steer clear of clean shots while peppering Le with punches and making an even bigger mess of the model/actor’s face."
"A flurry in the fourth was the beginning of the end. A left knee from the Thai plum position sent Le onto his back. A few academic ground punches sealed the deal for the Brit and the referee called the stoppage."
**And these unkind words:
"Quantity over quality. Le, for the most part, played for the highlight reel, firing spinning kicks and monster left hooks in hopes of catching the Englishman flush. But nothing doing against Bisping, who was at least one step ahead the whole way.
Bisping’s tumbling combinations gained energy over time as Le flagged. As Bisping smelled blood and his output rose, Le’s did just the opposite.
Though no one should get too steamed up about the defeat of a 42-year-old part-time fighter in Le, Bisping certainly demonstrated that he is still a viable UFC middleweight. And he used his tried-and-true formula to make the case.”
So from the sound of things, I was for the most part right about what happened. Sounds like Le didn’t have good strategies or the proper intent. To call him a novelty is a low blow, however.
Cung Le is a highly conditioned, talented professional athlete. The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius said “a fencer picks up his sword and puts it down again. A boxer never lays his weapon down.” Cung Le is a fighter 24/7, no matter how often he fights.