Don't Sleep on the UFC Macao Card By: Sascha Matuszak, FIGHTLAND
"The UFC is back on August 23 with a Fight Night event at the Venetian Sands Casino, featuring a headliner bout between Michael Bisping and Cung Le. This is the latest attempt by the UFC to gain some market share in Asia, where a half dozen fight promotions are battling it out for the dominant spot. The UFC has not claimed the top spot out here by any means, so this Macao event is a big deal for Mark Fischer and company. A couple exciting fights, maybe a knockout from a local favorite, and things can look very good for future UFC events in Asia.
"But at first glance, this card looks pretty underwhelming. The Chinese fighters are the best of the best in their country right now, but barely any one of them is recognized in their own country (with one notable exception that I’ll get to later). A couple TUF: Nations participants join several unknowns to round out the bottom of the card. Several of the bouts involve two fighters each coming off of a debut loss."