2014 has been a rough year for the UFC. Fox ratings are down, PPV numbers are down and their biggest main event of the year had to be scrapped due to injury. But, even though things have been a little tough, the organization is pushing through and are on pace to have a record year in terms of events held. A big reason the UFC is hosting so many events is because the company is pushing hard to establish the UFC brand in new markets, with China being one of their biggest targets.

UFC Fight Night 48 will be the UFC’s third event in China and will be the company’s first offering on August 23, 2014’s double header event day. The event takes place at the CotaiArena in Macau, China and will air live on UFC Fight Pass.

The main card features a middleweight bout between Cung Le and Michael Bisping, a welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Tyron Woodley and the featherweight final from The Ultimate Fighter: China between Ning Guangyou and Yang Jianping. While this card may not scream “MUST WATCH!” there is a few reasons to wake up early on Saturday and tune into all of the action.

#1 – The Ultimate Fighter: China Featherweight Final

The Ultimate Fighter series has lost some luster over the years and is no longer producing the stars it once did. But TUF still has a place in the UFC: to develop homegrown talent in new markets. The UFC knows that in order to grow they need to give local fans someone to cheer for.

Now Ning and Yang are unlikely to become UFC superstars, but they will both play an important role in the UFC’s push into the Chinese market. Whoever wins this bout will be featured as the face of the UFC in China, similar to how the UFC used Dan Hardy and Bisping to open the British flood gates.

#2 – Is Dong Hyun Kim a real title contender?

Somewhere along the line a switch flipped for Kim; he went from boring grinder to exciting knockout artist in two years. Now riding a four fight win streak with back to back KO victories, Kim is knocking on the contender door. A win over Woodley would kick that door wide open,while a loss could leave him in gatekeeper limbo.

#3 – Tyron Woodley needs to get back into the title race

While Kim will be looking to solidify his contender status in this bout, Woodley is looking to get back into the title mix and rebound from his loss to Rory MacDonald. Woodley has a lot of potential but he can’t seem to beat the truly elite of the welterweight division.

#4 – Has Michael Bisping’s window closed?

Has anyone been given more opportunities to be great than Bisping? It always seems like he is one or two wins away from a title shot, even though he doesn’t have a true marquee win under his belt. With a 3-3 record in his last six fights, Bisping’s title window is all but closed. But with that said, he is a fun fighter to watch. With his drawing power, all he needs is a string of wins to get back into the middleweight title picture.

#5 – Cung Le is just fun to watch

At the end of the day, for fans it’s not about the title picture; it’s about entertainment. Few fighters are as entertaining to watch as Le. His kick heavy attack is just fun to watch. The power and accuracy of Le’s kicks are mind blowing. Whenever he fights it’s must watch TV.

About The Author

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.