The UFC completed another day-night doubleheader, with events going down in China and Oklahoma.
At UFC Fight Night 49 to conclude the day we had one of the biggest upsets of the year, as Rafael dos Anjos finished Benson Henderson.
Dos Anjos landed a double flying knee and followed up with a left that knocked the former UFC champion out. Henderson appeared to go out on his way down from the shot, but he did his best to protest the stoppage. It didn’t matter, as RDA was celebrating the biggest win of his career.
Jordan Mein, who dealt with the arrest of his father, dropped Mike Pyle and earned another first round finish, while Thales Leites and Max Holloway also picked up stoppage wins.
Over at The Venetian in Macau, China, Michael Bisping scored a finish of former Strikeforce champion Cung Le. The win kept “The Count” on the cusp of title contention and allowed him to avoid his first-ever losing streak.
Le, 42 years old and fighting for the first time since 2012, didn’t proclaim retirement next for himself.
In other UFC Fight Night 48 action, Tyron Woodley ducked a spinning attack by Dong Hyun Kim moments into their co-main event and pounced, finishing “Stun Gun.”
UFC Fight Night 48 results:
Michael Bisping def. Cung Le via TKO (strikes) at :57 of Round 1
Tyron Woodley def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1
Zhang Lipeng def. Brendan O’Reilly via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ning Guangyou def. Yang Jianping via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to become The Ultimate Fighter: China welterweight winner
Wang Sai def. Danny Mitchell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Alberto Mina def. Shinsho Anzai via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 1
Yuta Sasaki def. Roland Delorme via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:106 of Round 1
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 of Round 1
Royston Wee def. Yao Zhikui via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Milana Dudieva def. Elizabeth Phillips via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night 49 results:
Rafael dos Anjos def. Benson Henderson via KO (strike) at 2:31 of Round 1
Jordan Mein def. Mike Pyle via TKO (strikes) at 1:12 of Round 1
Thales Leites def. Francis Carmont via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 2
Max Holloway def. Clay Collard via TKO (strikes) at 3:47 of Round 3
James Vick def. Valmir Lazaro via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1
Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin via submission (head-and-arm choke) at 3:38 of Round 2
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (Omoplata) at 2:18 of Round 1
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)