The Ultimate Fighting Championship presented UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le (or UFC Fight Night Macau 2014) on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the CotaiArena at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. The entire event streamed live online on the UFC's digital network, UFC Fight Pass.
Combat sports legend Antonio Inoki has expanded his Inoki Genome Federation to include Inoki Genome Fight. IGF 2: Ishii vs Crop Cop was held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
IGF 2 featured two big upsets. Winless-in-MMA former sumo wrestler "Wakakirin" Shinichi Suzukawa scored a TKO victory over cult hero superstar Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa in the openweight co-main event, after Minowa injured his leg kicking his gargantuan opponent.
In the main event, 2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic used a well-placed elbow to slice open the forehead of 2008 Olympic gold medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii that lead to an eventual doctor stoppage. The resurgent Cro Cop ended an 8-fight winning stream for Ishii, whose only career MMA losses have come at the hands of PRIDE legends. Ishii was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in 2011, and lost his MMA debut to Hidehiko Yoshida in 2009.
The Resurrection Fighting Alliance, an official UFC feeder league, presented RFA 17: Cochrane vs Giagos on Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD. The main card aired live on AXS TV. RFA 17 marked this first-ever sanctioned pro MMA event to be held in South Dakota.
Titan Fighting Championship presented Titan FC 29: Ricci vs Sotiropoulos on Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The main card aired live on the CBS Sports Network.