A middleweight contest between Rich Franklin and Cung Le has been added to UFC 148, which takes place July 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC officials announced the fight late Sunday evening.
The card is expected to feature a main event between UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and No. 1 contender Urijah Faber. Currently, the two are coaching against one another on The Ultimate Fighter: Live. It is likely that Franklin-Le would serve as the co-main event for the night.
“Ace” suffered a loss to Forrest Griffin in his last bout, but that took place early in 2011. Franklin, a former UFC champion, was scheduled to return to action against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira late in the year, but shoulder surgery knocked him from the fight.
Le, who spent several years away from MMA filming movies, was defeated in his UFC debut by the hands of Wanderlei Silva. The ex-Strikeforce champion suffered a broken nose in the loss.
With Franklin having been on the sidelines for over a year, the thought of Octagon-rust will play a huge role. Le will need to strike early to take advantage of what could be a slower “Ace.”
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