Veteran MMA fighter Cung Le defeated Rich Franklin in Macao this morning, after a knock-out in the first round in the main event of the first ever UFC event in China.
Cung Le, 40, born in Saigon, Vietnam knocked out Rich Franklin, 38, after a hard right hand delivered by Le on 2:17 in the first round on the event called UFC: Macao.
Le had suffered a foot injury following his previous fight with Patrick Cote in July, and was not walking into the fight with Franklin 100%.
However, Cung Le’s one punch knock out victory over Franklin, resulted in the former kick-boxer going 9-2 in his MMA career, and could put him in line for a UFC Middleweight Championship fight in the near future.
Before he debuted in Mixed Martial Arts in 2006, he left kick-boxing undefeated, winning 17 fights, which included 12 Knockouts.
Le told Yahoo Sports about how he had to change his fighting style for his fight with Franklin due to his injury suffered in his fight with Patrick Cote in July.
“I’ve been working a lot on my hands because at one point my foot was messed up so I didn’t get a chance to kick much during training. But my trainer Scott Sheeley worked my hands to death and I got the knockout with my hands, it’s amazing,” Le said.
The victory has left his opponent Rich Franklin at a MMA record of 29-7.
UFC: Macao was the mixed martial arts organization’s first ever event in China.
While MMA is fairly new in China, the event was a sell-out with nearly 8,500 present in the CotaiArena in Macai.
Managing Director of UFC Asia Mark Fischer talked about the success of the sell-out event.
Fischer said: “It was an awesome experience, it surpassed our expectations so absolutely it was a success,”.
“China is a long-term, big target market for us, it has tremendous potential. We know it’s going to take time to develop, and that’s where we’re headed.”