UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le Preview

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Mark J. Rebilas-US Presswire

The UFC is heading to Macao, China for the very first time for their Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le card, which takes place November 10, 2012.  This card has the potential to tap into the Asian market, which could do well for the UFC in terms of new fans and pay per view buys.

Headlining the card is an explosive middleweight bout between former champion Rich Franklin and the dynamic striker in Cung Le.  Both of these fighters will be looking to resurrect their MMA careers in hopes of getting right back in the mix for a title shot.  This will be Franklin’s last tile run in the UFC, and he will look to make it a memorable one when he faces Cung Le.  Le has had a rocky road inside the UFC, and he will look to get the biggest win in his mma career with a win over Franklin.

The co-main event features a welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim and Paulo Thiago.  Both of these fighters fighters are coming off losses, which should make this fight all the more meaningful for both fighters.  Kim has been a long time grappling expert in the UFC welterweight division, and he is a 4th degree black belt in judo.  He will look to unleash the skills when he squares off against Paul Thiago.  Thiago has beat some quality opponents in his UFC tenure, namely Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, and Jacob Volkmann.

Another main card fight to look out for is a lightweight bout between Takanori Gomi vs. Mac Danzig.  Danzig is coming off an impressive decision victory over Efrain Escudero, and he will look to make it 2-0 when he faces Gomi.  Gomi is also coming off a win against Eiji Mitsuoka.  Gomi was widely considered the best lightweight fighter for many years when he competed under the Pride banner, and he will be looking to tap into those days when he faces Danzig.