By: Mike Thorwart
Verbal agreements are in place as Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le has been added to UFC 148 as announced by UFC officials. The bout should be official on paper very soon.
Rich Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) who has been sidelined with injuries since his loss to Forrest Griffin in February of 2011 makes his return to the middleweight division after going 1-1 at light heavyweight in his last two fights. Franklin was expected to be facing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in August but a shoulder injury put a stop to that.
Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) makes his return to the Octagon after a disappointing debut TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva in November of 2011. Le will look to get his first UFC victory over Franklin who has almost four times the amount of fights that Le has. However with victories over Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith, experience isn’t always an advantage.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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