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MMA: Kim Dong-hyun, Cung Le return to Macau for UFC Fight Night

Kim Dong-hyun will look to win his third fight at The Venetian’s Cotai Arena when the Korean welterweight takes on Hector Lombard in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night Macao on August 23.

Kim Dong-hyun will look to win his third fight at The Venetian’s Cotai Arena when the Korean welterweight takes on Hector Lombard in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night Macao on August 23.

June 6, 2014: Cung Le will return to the ring for the first time in almost two years when the 42-year-old Vietnam-born American takes on English middleweight Michael Bisping in the main event as the UFC returns to The Venetian Macao on August 23.

 

In the co-main event, Kim Dong-hyun will take on Australian Hector Lombard in a welterweight clash. Kim, 32, headlined the UFC’s last visit to Macau, knocking out Englishman John Hathaway on March 1.

 

Cung will be a popular draw as the martial arts legend returns to Cotai Arena, where he knocked out Rich Franklin in the first round of their headline bout in November 2012. It was Le’s second win in three UFC bouts, extending his MMA record to 9-2 after racking up a 7-1 record in Strikeforce.

 

Le, who currently fights out of San Jose, California, was involved in the last UFC Fight Night Macao as a mentor on The Ultimate Fighter China, which concluded with a fight between Zhang Lipeng and Wang Sai at the Cotai Arena. Le racked up a perfect 17-0 record in san shou before moving into MMA, but is renowned for his range of skills including wrestling, taekwondo and kung fu.

 

Bisping, who also lives in California, in Orange County, has a 25-6 record in MMA and has fought in the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale in June 2006. The Manchester-born 35-year-old is seven years younger than Le and at six-foot two, is four inches taller.

 

Bisping has racked up three Fight of the Night bonuses and eight TKO victories in his long UFC career, with notable wins over Alan Belcher, Brian Stann and Chris Leben. However, he has yet to win the UFC belt and a win over Le could open up another title run.

 

Kim (19-2-1) is ranked ninth in the UFC’s welterweight division and will be looking for his third win in Macau, having beaten Paulo Thiago on the Franklin vs Le undercard. However, the Busan-based fighter will face a tough test against seventh-ranked Lombard (34-4-1).

 

The 36-year-old Cuba-born Australian, who fights out of Florida, is a former judo world champion and has taken the welterweight division by storm, winning his two fights at the 170-pound class, after a win and two split-decision losses in the UFC’s middleweight division.

 

Mark Fischer, UFC Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Asia, said: “We’re excited to announce our return to Macao and the Cotai Arena, a venue that has seen incredible UFC performances over the last two years. Sands China Limited has proven to be an exceptional partner and visionary in helping us grow the sport of MMA and the UFC brand in Southeast Asia.”

 

Ticket sales begin on June 23 via www.cotaiticketing.com

 

Source: UFC (www.ufc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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