UFC Fight Night 48 will take place on August 23, 2014 in Macau, China. TUF China welterweight winner Zhang LiPeng has garnered a spot on the card.
Chinese media is reporting that Zhang will take on O’Reilly at lightweight, a more natural division for both men. Zhang comes off a split decision to Wang Sai in the UFC’s last foray into Macau earlier in the year. It was the culmination of the UFC’s TUF China broadcast which was aimed solely at Chinese audiences in the hopes of broadening the market. Zhang and Wang Sai were always viewed as the front runners.
O’Reilly is also a TUF product. His story is quite different from Zhang’s though, as he was undefeated before his UFC show experience. Even though he lost in the eliminations, he impressed UFC enough to give him a chance on a card.
UFC Macau will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. Former Strikeforce champ and action movie star Cung Le will face Michael Bisping in the main event. The co-main event will be a welterweight ranking affair between former Bellator Champ Hector Lombard and Dong-Hyun Kim.