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UFC prepares for another 'Super Saturday' as fights span the globe

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UFC fans are set to be treated to another 'Super Saturday' as they host two events on the same day across the globe.

The day will start with middleweights Michael Bisping and Cung Le meeting at Fight Night 48 in Macau, China, which will have a hotly anticipated welterweight clash between Dong Hyun Kim and Tyron Woodley as the co-main event.

Later that same day, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Fight Night 49 will take place - which will be headlined by former UFC Lightweight champion, Benson Henderson facing off against Rafael dos Anjos.

Bisping-Le preview

Bisping is a stalwart of the division, often used as a gatekeeper for those hoping to challenge for the title, while Le has been out of action for over a year-and-a-half as he's been focusing on a burgeoning acting career.

At 42 years old, Le is one of the oldest competitors in the UFC and makes Bisping at 35, look like a youngster in comparison.

Le has a professional record of 7-2 and won his last fight against Rich Franklin decisively, knocking the UFC legend out cold.

As for Bisping, his reputation as a gatekeeper has only grown as he's 2-3 in his last five fights, and two of those opponents have gone on to challenge for the UFC Middleweight title since then - with Tim Kennedy on the path towards a shot himself.

Both fighters will undergo extensive drugs test, being required to give both blood and urine samples at Saturday's event - as confirmed on last night's UFC Tonight.

The co-main event will see Dong Hyun Kim try to continue his rise through the welterweight division as he faces off against Tyron Woodley - who last time out stumbled and lost via unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald.

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Henderson-dos Anjos preview

Benson Henderson will step into the cage for the third time this year this weekend, as he continues to recover from his loss to Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis.

Henderson has seen off Josh Thomson and Rustam Khabilov so far this year, and a win over Dos Anjos would put him right into title contention alongside the likes Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC newcomer, Eddie Alvarez.

Dos Anjos is the underdog heading into the fight, after he was dispatched by Nurmagomedov in April his stock dropped a lot and he's in danger of being a 'gatekeeper' himself, which makes him a possible release - a process the UFC have done before.

This event is pretty much a one fight card and although some of the undercard fights have the potential to steal the show with a good finish - the UFC's return to Tulsa after nearly 20 years is unlikely to delight.

12 hours of action

Despite the potential issues in Tulsa, it's still going to be an action packed day and there's going to be up to 12 hours of action for fans to tune into.

It's a new strategy that the UFC has been trialling this year, with the first double header taking place back in May and another one followed that in June.

So far, the European or Asian Fight Night generally has the better cards than the American Fight Night events but that's to be expected as they continue their globalisation efforts.

There's plans for another double header in October, with the two cards headlined by Roy Nelson vs Mark Hunt in Japan and Rory MacDonald vs Tarec Saffiedine, which gives promise to it truly being a 'Super Saturday'.

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