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Health-permitting, Cung Le willing to fight Rich Franklin in China

Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White expressed an interest in booking middleweight Cung Le for a bout in Macau, China when the organization makes its official debut there later this year. Specifically, the company is hoping to pair Le with former divisional champion Rich Franklin in the show’s main event.

However, up until today, Le had been fairly silent on his future in MMA after fulfilling his lifelong dream of notching a victory inside the Octagon. According to a post the 40-year old made on Twitter, he is open to at least one more appearance inside the infamous eight-sided cage with Franklin as his foe and would even be willing to compete in China.

Unfortunately, Le’s enthusiasm about the fight coming to fruition was hindered by a health-related hitch.

“Only if the foot is ready,” he exclaimed to a fan asking about the possible match-up.

The former Strikeforce title-holder hurt his foot early on in his successful showing against Patrick Cote, landing it awkwardly on Cote’s head during a high-kick attempt. No official word has surfaced on whether it is deeply bruised, as he’s claimed, or more severely damaged.

Le and Franklin were originally scheduled to scrap at UFC 148 before the latter was called upon to fill a late vacancy against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147. Each is renowned for his stand-up skills with 22 strike-based stoppages between them.

The card in question to host Le-Franklin is set to take place on November 10 and be broadcast on Fuel TV.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC

2 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Franklin has the best gig… No stress of contenderships/championships… No gatekeeping…No bullshit.
    Just sign for high profile, interesting, good quality and competitive fights and collect a nice paycheck stay healthy and stay in Zuffas good graces.

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  • jasonah says:

    Yeah, no kidding Wonder if he Fight’s cung Le @185 or It will be at Franklin wieght? Pretty Sure Rich will be in the hall of fame when it’s all said and done. That’s a man who’s beat a Who’s who list of pepole.Don’t think rich has ever been a boring fight. He’s been one my favs for a long time.

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