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Cung Le-Rich Franklin confirmed for clash in China

When the UFC debuts in China later this year it looks like the card will indeed be headlined by a bout between former middleweight title-holders Cung Le and Rich Franklin as expected. The two talented 185ers had been linked to the card for the past month though a foot injury suffered by Le in his previous bout put the match-up’s confirmation on hold.

However, UFC President Dana White made things official over the weekend, thus indicating the damage to Le was not as serious as originally anticipated and will heal in time for him to take to the Octagon this November 10 at UFC on Fuel 6.

Le, who held Strikeforce gold during his time in the promotion, has racked up an 8-2 mark in MMA after a legendary run in San Shou. He picked his first UFC victory in July with a Unanimous Decision over Patrick Cote, also Le’s first instance of success in the ring by means other than a strike-based stoppage.

Franklin is a familiar face to longtime fans based on his collection of exciting clashes and reign as the UFC middleweight champ. He too is coming off a decision win, having outpointed Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 to improve his overall record to 29-6.

The only other fight linked to the UFC on Fuel 6 lineup thus far is Dong Hyun Kim-Paulo Thiago.


  • Angry Mike says:

    Le lost to ‘Wand and struggled to beat Cote, and conditioning was definitely a factor. Although he’s had some success in MMA, he has nowhere near the level of experience that Franklin has against upper tier fighters, and Franklin’s always been in shape for his fights. IMO, Franklin wins by ko, and probably before the end of the second round.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Why do they have such a hard-on for Le vs Franklin? According to Le’s twitter page he still doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to do it because he’s still rehabing his foot

  • Angry Mike says:

    I wonder how motivated Le is. His comments after the Cote fight suggested that he just wanted to say that he’d won a fight in the UFC. I got the impression that the win helps him burnish his credentials for acting and teaching, and he isn’t really focused on a career as a fighter. That’s not a criticism. I wouldn’t want to get hit in the head for my livelihood, either. Maybe the injury will be his way of bowing out with a UFC and saving face.

  • Dufresne says:

    I was going to say something, but Angry Mike already got all my points.

    I think Le will make a good showing in the first round but then get dropped in either the late 2nd round or halfway through the 3rd. He just doesn’t have the gas tank to hang with the top guys. And not only does Franklin have cardio to spare, he’s much, much bigger than Le is.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I gotta hand it to Cung Le…. He will probably earn as much money and brand notoriety in the half dozen fights he will have with UFC then most mid tier guys will garner there entire careers.

    He may be an average fighter and no where near the upper crust but homeboy has a big following, a decent acting career and apparently some great management.

    His movies and fights may be average BUT those paychecks aren’t… as long as he looks decent against Franklin he will get another call for another payday.


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