UFC on Fuel TV 6 successfully kicked off last night and China, and there were some exciting fights on the prelims and main card. With every card there were some obvious winners and losers of the event. Lets now take a look and see who those individuals were and see what’s next for them in their UFC career.
Cung Le- The biggest winner of the night was Cung Le. Coming into this fight, Le was the underdog and was also out-sized. Couple these facts and the fact that he is 40 certainly didn’t stack up in his favor. Le proved many doubters wrong, however, showing that skill and precision is key regardless of age.
It seemed like Le was pacing himself, but he certainly took many by surprise when landing a right hook the knocked Rich Franklin out cold. It was a galvanizing performance from Le, and he is right up there with the elite in the middleweight division with this victory. Maybe a fight with Brian Stann makes the most sense at the moment.
Thiago Silva- Silva is another winner of the night. Silva was coming off a long layoff, and it was interesting to see him work out the kinks while in the cage with Stanislav Nedkov. Nedkov found some success striking and even rocked Silva at one point, but it was obvious that he was out of gas by the third frame.
Silva capitalized and stormed in for the take down. He would lock up a beautiful arm triangle and get the finish. In this fight, Silva showed his resolve as a fighter, and gets back into the win column. Maybe a fight with Phil Davis is the most appropriate fight to make. It would certainly test his grappling skills, and a win over Davis shoots him right up the light heavyweight rankings.
Takanori Gomi- Gomi is another winner of the night with his fight with Mac Danzig. It seemed like this was the Gomi of old. He was controlling the stand up and picking apart Danzig on the feet. He seemed to have the passion back, which was something that was lacking in his previous fights.
Gomi would even get the better of some ground exchanges as well. He is now on a two fight winning streak, and certainly has a bright future if he can stay motivated.
Rich Franklin- Franklin is the biggest loser of the night. This knockout loss certainly sets hm back, and it is only a matter of time before he hangs up the gloves. Franklin’s inability to swivel his head to the right after kicking is what set up Le’s devastating right hook.
These simple mistakes can’t happen at this stage in his career, and it was one of the most brutal KOs in the UFC for some time now. For Franklin, maybe one more marquee match up is left in his tank before he decides to retire. Whatever is left, he will go down as one of the greats that helped fuel this sport when it needed it the most.
Paulo Thiago- Thiago is another loser of the night. His performance against Dong Hyun Kim was not his best outing, and Thiago was simply outclassed on the ground. Thiago was unable to land any significant shots on the feet, and he was unable to get back to his feet when the fight hit the mat.
This is now two fights in a row that Thiago has lost, and he needs to get back in the win column if he wants to preserve his job with the UFC.