UFC Fight Night 48 is just around the corner, and while it isn’t the best card of the year, the main event between Michael “The Count” Bisping and Cung Le is sure to be entertaining.

Coming off of a tough decision loss to Tim Kennedy, Bisping needs to get back in the win column if he wants to maintain any relevance in the UFC middleweight division. Having gone just 3-3 in his last six fights, Bisping is hanging on to a Top 10 middleweight ranking by a thread.

Le, on the other hand, has won back to back UFC fights, but hasn’t stepped inside the cage in nearly two years. Even though Le is a late in life MMA professional at 42, you have to wonder how his performance will be affected by the layoff.

Striking

Bisping is a very skilled technical striker, but Le is on a whole other level. Le is an elite striker in every sense of the word and one of the most dynamic kickers in the short history of MMA. The speed and accuracy in which he uses kicking techniques is amazing to behold. Le has more weapons, more power, and more experience as a pure striker.

Advantage – Le

Wrestling

Even though he doesn’t come from an amateur wrestling background, Bisping has developed a pretty solid MMA wrestling game. He isn’t the best wrestler in the UFC by any means, but he can hold his own and bring the fight to the mat when he needs to. While Le is best known for his exciting striking game, he has a really strong wrestling background; winning AAU national titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Advantage – Even

Submissions

The submission game isn’t a cornerstone for either fighter, but Bisping does have some submission victories to his credit. Bisping has never submitted an opponent in the UFC and it is unlikely that this fight will end up being a grappling affair, but if it is Bisping should have a slight edge.

Advantage – Bisping

Cardio

Bisping may not be the best striker or the best wrestler or the best grappler in MMA, but he may just have the best cardio in the game. Bisping is always in incredible shape and he always comes in ready to go the distance.

Advantage – Bisping

Prediction

Bisping has never lost back to back fights, but there is a first time for everything. Even though Le is coming off of a very long layoff, his takedown defense is good enough to keep this fight on the feet and his striking is light years ahead of Bisping. Le is going to pick him apart and break him down. Le wins this one via third round TKO.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.