MENU
#UFC Fight Night 83 #Saturday Night Fights #Luke Rockhold #David Branch #GGG #DWTNCS #Conor McGregor #UFC 215 #Michael Bisping #Nate Diaz


Rich Franklin will return to the division he once ruled for the first time in nearly five years.

Franklin checked in at 185 pounds for his showdown with former Strikeforce champion Cung Le (186) in the UFC on Fuel TV 6 main event on Saturday at the CotaiArena in Macau, China. The 10 other fighters booked for main card duty, including co-headliners Thiago Silva (205) and Stanislav Nedkov (203), also met their contracted weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.

The 38-year-old Franklin last appeared at UFC 147 in June, when he captured a unanimous decision from Wanderlei Silva at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and, in doing so, became the first man to ever defeat “The Axe Murderer” twice. A professional since June 2009, the Cincinnati native still has never lost back-to-back fights, with 25 of his 29 career wins coming by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Franklin -- who held the UFC middleweight title from June 4, 2005 until Oct. 14, 2006 -- has not competed at 185 pounds since April 2008. He has compiled a 14-5 mark inside the Octagon, the 14 victories tying him for eighth on the all-time list.

Le notched his first Ultimate Fighting Championship win at UFC 148 in July, when he took a unanimous verdict over Patrick Cote at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old sanshou stylist opened his MMA career with six consecutive finishes, including a March 2008 technical knockout against Frank Shamrock that brought him Strikeforce gold. Le has gone 2-2 since.

UFC on Fuel TV 6 “Franklin vs. Le” -- which airs live on Fuel TV at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT -- will also feature a welterweight duel pitting Dong Hyun Kim (170.5) against Paulo Thiago (169.5), a bantamweight tilt matching Takeya Mizugaki (135.5) with Jeff Hougland (135) and a pair of lightweight battles, as Takanori Gomi (155) collides with Mac Danzig (155) and Tiequan Zhang (155) meets Jon Tuck (156). The three preliminary bouts will stream live to the UFC’s Facebook page: Alex Caceres (136) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (135.5), Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5) vs. John Lineker (126) and Riki Fukuda (186) vs. Tom DeBlass (185). The UFC canceled the Hyun Gyu Lim-David Mitchell welterweight bout after Lim was not medically cleared to compete.

UFC on Fuel TV 6 “Franklin vs. Le” Weigh-In Results:


Rich Franklin (185) vs. Cung Le (186)
Thiago Silva (205) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (203)
Dong Hyun Kim (170.5) vs. Paulo Thiago (169.5)
Takeya Mizugaki (135.5) vs. Jeff Hougland (135)
Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Mac Danzig (155)
Tiequan Zhang (155) vs. Jon Tuck (156)
Alex Caceres (136) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (135.5)
Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5) vs. John Lineker (126)
Riki Fukuda (186) vs. Tom DeBlass (185)
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Jon Jones' Steroid Test 'Highly Unlikely' to Be Mistake, Dana White Says

  • 27 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC President Dana White isn't holding out hope Jon Jones will be cleared when his positive drug test receives further scrutiny. White told TMZ Sports Thursday it's "highly unlikely" Jones' B sample read news >>

Jon Jones notified of potential doping violation in wake of UFC 214 title win

  • 29 days ago
  • 29 views

Jon Jones was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential failed test, his third overall.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Jon Jones Fails Drug Test Following UFC 214 Win Over Daniel Cormier | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 1689 views

Jon Jones is in hot water…again. Jones has been notified of a potential doping violation by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for a drug test that was administered in competition on July 28 fo read news >>

Jon Jones Reportedly Tested Positive for Steroids in UFC 214, Stripped of Title

  • 29 days ago
  • 44 views

Jon Jones' reign as the UFC light heavyweight champion appears to be over after less than a month. TMZ Sports reported Tuesday that Jones tested positive for Turinabol and has been stripped of his ti read news >>

Twitter reacts to stunning news of Jon Jones testing positive for steroids in wake of UFC 214

  • 29 days ago
  • 47 views

Check out how the MMA community reacted to the stunning news of Jon Jones’ latest positive drug test.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Twitter Reacts to Jon Jones' Positive Steroids Test Before UFC 214 Win

  • 29 days ago
  • 55 views

UFC star Jon Jones reportedly tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid, prior to his UFC 214 win over Daniel Cormier, according to TMZ Sports. Brett Okamoto of ESPN confirmed the news, alth read news >>

Dana White and Jeff Novitzky to Address Jon Jones UFC Anti-Doping Violation at 10:45p ET | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 29 views

Dana White and Jeff Novitsky, the UFC's vice president of athlete health and performance, are holding a Jon Jones press conference, Tuesday at 10:45p ET. read news >>

Watch Ray Borg Tap Out Chris Kelades (UFC 215 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 24 views

Watch flyweight contender Ray Borg defeat Chris Kaledes from their bout in 2015. Borg takes on champion Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title at UFC 215. read news >>

Jon Jones' Team Releases Statement Following Failed Drug Test from UFC 214 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 966 views

Following news that he failed a drug test administered ahead of his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, Jon Jones and his team released a statement on Tuesday night. UFC officials confirmed that Jo read news >>

Daniel Cormier Responds After Jon Jones Fails Drug Test Following UFC 214 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 1297 views

Daniel Cormier has experienced a roller coaster of emotions over the past few weeks. The former light heavyweight champion suffered only the second loss of his professional fighting career at UFC 214 read news >>