Rich Franklin-Cung Le Set To Do Battle At UFC 148

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.”

Photo credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog

  • Frankie

    Ace will smoke Cung. Not even close.

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    Sounds like a good match-up

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    Sounds like a good match-up

  • Miranduh

    I like the idea of Rich returning to middle weight. He wasn’t the strongest guy there, but his knockout power was amazing. This is way more exciting than Franklin-Nogueria, that one had snooze fest written all over it.

    • i like sexy time

      yes indeed my good friend middle weight is the way to go for him

  • Ben Rage

    Good match up. This should be a stand up war. Now let’s just hope Cung Le is in good shape for this one. He doesn’t want to get his nose smashed again.

  • Ed Lib

    bad for Lil NOg, but good for Rich. And a great matchup. I thought Cung Le wouldn’t return after Wand’s beat he took. 

  • Fantom_539

    Looks to be an exciting fight. Glad to see Franklin back at middleweight, but Cung should drop to welterweight imo.

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