UFC Fight Night 48 was the first of a two-card weekend for the promotion, and was announced as a sellout with an attendance of 7,022. The attendance is over 1,000 more than the UFC’s last appearance at CotaiArena, though is 1,400 less than the UFC on FUEL card in November 2011, also headlined by Cung Le (h/t MMAjunkie).
The event was headlined by a middleweight feature between Michael Bisping and Cung Le, with Bisping gaining the victory in the fourth round after opening up the former Strikeforce champion. The bout marked Le’s first fight in over 20 months, and he put in a gutsy performance against the man ranked #8 in the world at 185lbs.
The figures were, as ever, announced by Dana White at the post-fight press conference, with the UFC president also stating that the promotion would return to Macau in the future. White praised the support received by the Venetian Macao crowds, and is in talks to bring bigger and better fights there. However, White did state his intentions to host events in China elsewhere.
“We will probably come back to Macau, but we will be doing fights in mainland China.”
White also teased that the promotion will have better plans on their future ventures in the country shortly.
White says they’ll have a “real, solid game plan” on what they’ll be doing in China in the next 30-90 days.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 23, 2014
UFC Fight Night 48 marked the fourth of five scheduled events in Asia in 2014, with the UFC set to host an event in Japan later this year.