Aug 5, 2012 - The UFC's first foray into Chinese
territory now has a main event. UFC President Dana White announced at Saturday's
UFC on FOX 4 post-fight press conference that Rich Franklin will battle Cung
Le in a middleweight scrap for the UFC's scheduled November 10th card in Macau, China.
The event will be the sixth fight event in the UFC on FUEL series and will be
held at the 15,000 seat CotaiArena inside the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel.
Franklin, 37, most recently fought at UFC
147 in June where he defeated Wanderlei Silva at a 190-pound catchweight bout by
unanimous decision. After a run at middleweight where he was champion until
2006, Franklin most-recently competed at light heavyweight, beginning in 2008
with a win over Matt Hamill at UFC 88. This bout with Le marks Franklin's
formal return to the 185-pound middleweight division.
Le, 40, was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but has predominately lived in
the U.S. During his run in sanshou kickboxing, Le competed in China on numerous
occasions. In the UFC, he most recently fought and defeated Patrick Cote in July at UFC 148 by unanimous decision.
Franklin and Le were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 148, but Franklin
volunteered to face Silva at UFC 147 when the original headliner, Vitor Belfort, was removed from the card due to injury.
There are no other known bouts for the UFC on FUEL 6 card at this time.