UFC Macao: Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, Stansilva Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva, Dong Hyun Kim vs. Paulo Thiago Confirmed
By FCF Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed several bouts for the promotion’s upcoming debut in China, including an expected middleweight bout between Rich Franklin and Cung Le. The November 10th event will be hosted by the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel’s Cotai Arena and will be broadcast on FUEL TV.
Franklin (29-6) will be looking to build on the unanimous decision win he scored over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 in June, after losing by UD to Forrest Griffin in February, 2011.
The former middleweight champ had been scheduled to fight Le at UFC 148 in July, but was moved to 147, after Silva’s original opponent Vitor Belfort was injured.
Le (8-2) faced replacement and UFC vet Patrick Cote at UFC 148 and worked his way to a unanimous decision win. Prior to that, at UFC 139 last November, Le was stopped by the aforementioned Silva.
The UFC has also confirmed several other bouts for the upcoming Macao card, including welterweight Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1) vs. Paulo Thiago (14-4), light-heavyweight Stanislav Nedkov (12-0) vs. Thiago Silva (14-2) and lightweight Tiequan Zhang (15-3) vs. Jon Tuck (6-0).