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.
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