Cung Le Counter KOs Rich Franklin in UFC on Fuel TV 6 Main Event in China


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Cung Le knocked Rich Franklin out cold at UFC on Fuel TV 6. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images


Cung Le has his signature victory.

The former Strikeforce champion knocked out Rich Franklin with a clean counter right hook in the first round of the 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.”

Thiago Silva submitted previously unbeaten Bulgarian light heavyweight Stanislav 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 three.

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 after.

“[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, Dong 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 third.

Once considered one of the world’s top 10 welterweights, Thiago has lost four of his last five fights.

Former 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 30-27.

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 confronted him when he entered the final five minutes.

More UFC on Fuel TV 6 » UFC on Fuel TV 6 Prelims: Lineker Outduels Urushitani; Caceres, Fukuda Notch Wins
UFC on Fuel TV 6 Play-by-Play
view original article >>

Related News

  • 22 days ago
  • 19 views

Then came a pair of devastating wins over Anderson Silva and well, it sounds like Franklin is boarding the "All American" Express. Choo! Choo! "I tell you what, I wasn't a big Weidman believer at first, but looking at the second Anderson Silva fight, he looked great and had a solid gameplan. Lyoto & Anderson have this great ability to elude punches and draw you into their game. Lyoto is obviously a bit different than Anderson and he is a bigger fighter, and size hasn't played a big role in the A more

  • 23 days ago
  • 37 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin discussed the upcoming main event at UFC 175 between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. While he has since had a change of heart, Rich Franklin was not always the biggest believer in Chris Weidman's fighting ability. The former UFC middleweight champion, who recently accepted the position of Vice President of ONE Fighting Championships, and began work in that official capacity at ONE FC: Honor & Glory last month, discussed the main event in detail wit more

  • 20 days ago
  • 29 views

"The Count" also believes Lyoto Machida will dethrone Chris Weidman this weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) at UFC 175 to capture the middleweight title. Following his unanimous decision loss to Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale this past April, Michael Bisping wasted no time in asking for another fight. The British banger got what he wanted, as he was pegged to face former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48, which goes down insi more

  • 7 days ago
  • 22 views

Donald Cerrone on Wednesday in Atlantic City, N.J., delivered another highlight-reel finish, this time at Jim Miller’s expense. more

  • 29 days ago
  • 108 views

Check out the UFC on Fox 12 fight card, scheduled for July 26th in San Jose, CA. UFC on Fox 12 only has ten bouts attached to the card at the moment but it's already one of the deeper cards of the year in terms of potential excitement. The promotion is returning to San Jose on July 26th for the show, and the headliner will be what amounts to a number one contender fight at welterweight with Matt Brown taking on Robbie Lawler. Brown has won seven in a row, while Lawler rebounded from a title shot more

  • 27 days ago
  • 24 views

Since they're all in the twilight of their careers, it seemed natural for the UFC to add Takanori Gomi, Norafumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Yoshihiro Akiyama to the UFC Fight Night 52 card in September in Japan, according to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting. Although none of the three men have flourished since joining the UFC, the company's brass must assume that if anything's going to motivate them, it'll be the UFC's first trip to Japan since UFC on Fuel TV 8. Of the three, only Gomi fought on the UFC on more

  • 26 days ago
  • 61 views

The UFC makes it's debut in New Zealand with a fight card headlined by two fighters desperately needing a win, as the main event is the first time in UFC history both fighters are coming off of back-to-back losses (three in a row for Marquardt). The card also features a top-flight featherweight clash along with an assortment of regional talent. Will Marquardt be able to get back on the winning track or is Te Huna ready to make his mark in his new home of middleweight? I answer these questions an more

  • 25 days ago
  • 100 views

Nate Marquardt submits James Te Huna with a first-round armbar in their UFC Fight Night main event in New Zealand. more

  • 25 days ago
  • 57 views

Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. on UFC Fan Expo main stage, according to the official schedule. Add another member of the old guard to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hall of fame. According to the online schedule for the UFC Fan Expo, which takes place as part of International Fight Week next weekend (July 5-6, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the first-ever UFC welterweight champion, Pat Miletich, will join the hallowed halls. Well deserved. "The Croati more