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has his signature victory.
The former Strikeforce
champion knocked out Rich
Franklin with a clean counter right hook in the first round of
UFC on Fuel TV 6 headliner on Saturday at the Cotai Arena
inside the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in Macau, China. Franklin
(29-7, 14-6 UFC) met his end 2:17 into round one.
“That was the biggest fight of my life,” Le said. “I couldn’t ask
for anything more. I’m just grateful. I don’t know what to say. It
was a lucky punch.”
Franklin was active from the outset, as he kicked effectively to
Le’s legs and body, all while punching in combination to the head.
However, he let his guard down on one of those aforementioned kicks
and a pawing follow-up jab. Le (9-2, 2-1 UFC) capitalized,
unleashing a devastating right hook that sent an unconscious
Franklin crashing face first to the canvas.
“He kept on throwing that punch at me,” Le said. “I wasn’t able to
time my kick because he was loading up and looking for me to kick
so he could catch me with a punch, so I waited for him to punch and
then came with the overhand right, and I caught him.”
Franklin had never before been finished so quickly. At 38, his
future appears to be very much in doubt.
“I don’t know [what happened],” Franklin said. “I’ll have to go
back and watch the tape. I’m still a little fuzzy right now. I’ll
have to go home, go back to the drawing board and sit down with my
coaches and make an intelligent decision.”
Silva submitted previously unbeaten Bulgarian light heavyweight
Nedkov with a third-round arm-triangle choke in the co-main
event. Nedkov (12-1, 1-1 UFC) conceded defeat 1:45 into round
Silva (15-3, 6-3 UFC) -- who had not won since August 2009 --
survived an encounter with an overhand right from the Sengoku
veteran, resulting in a knockdown late in the second round.
Nedkov’s failure to finish cost him dearly. His legs savaged by a
series of kicks from the Brazilian, Nedkov broke down quickly in
round three. Sensing his opponent was a beaten man, the Blackzilian
team member moved in for a takedown, transitioned to mount and
cinched the choke without much resistance. The tapout followed soon
“[My strategy] was just to work my standup and kick his legs,”
Silva said. “That’s what I did, and I used the right opportunity to
take him down.”
In a performance that can only be described as utterly dominant,
Hyun Kim roared to a one-sided unanimous decision over Paulo
Thiago in a welterweight showcase. Kim (16-2-1, 7-2 UFC) swept
the scorecards by 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 counts.
Thiago (14-5, 4-5 UFC) had no answers for his South Korean
counterpart. Kim secured takedowns in all three rounds and then
proceeded to sap the Brazilian’s spirit with a crushing top game.
“Stun Gun” threatened Thiago with a barb choke, one of Thiago's own
specialties, late in the second round and capped the stirring
victory with a relentless barrage of ground-and-pound in the
Once considered one of the world’s top 10 welterweights, Thiago has
lost four of his last five fights.
Pride Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder Takanori
Gomi put forth what was arguably the best effort of his UFC
career, as he captured a split verdict from “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 6 winner Mac Danzig.
All three judges scored it 29-28, two of them in favor of Gomi
(34-8, 3-3 UFC).
Now 34, Gomi threw punches and kicks with power and conviction,
mixing in a first-round takedown and rekindling some of his past
magic. Danzig enjoyed success in the clinch and threatened the
Japanese star with a guillotine in round two. However, Gomi stayed
aggressive, knocked down Danzig with a sneaky right hand inside the
first 15 seconds of the third round and did enough to secure his
second straight triumph.
A steady diet of takedowns and ground-and-pound drove former WEC
title contender Takeya
Mizugaki to a lopsided unanimous decision over Jeff
Hougland in a bantamweight showcase. All three cageside judges
scored it for Mizugaki (16-7-2, 3-2 UFC): 30-25, 30-27 and
Mizugaki was efficient and effective on the feet, but he made his
real inroads on the ground. The 28-year-old Japanese standout
delivered takedowns in all three rounds, and unleashed a barrage of
rights and lefts on Hougland (10-6, 1-2 UFC), who'd entered the
cage with nine wins in his previous 10 appearances. Mizugaki put
the exclamation point on the victory late in the third round, when
he opened a nasty horizontal laceration above Hougland’s left
eyebrow with a short elbow strike.
Undefeated Guamanian import Jon Tuck kept
his perfect professional record intact with a unanimous decision
over China Top Team representative Tiequan
Zhang in a featured lightweight battle. Tuck (7-0, 1-0 UFC)
swept the scorecards by 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 counts.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 alum set the tone from start, as
he freed himself from a first-round takedown and threatened Zhang
(15-4, 1-3 UFC) with an armbar. Tuck later settled into top
position and transitioned from full mount to side control to back
mount. The scene replayed itself in round two, where Tuck again
moved to mount and attached himself to his foe’s back.
Zhang did his best work in the third round, when he attacked Tuck
with heavy punches, including a wicked left hook that wobbled the
28-year-old. Even so, it was not enough to erase the deficit that
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