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Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le at UFC 148, Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard Set for UFC on FX 4

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(I’ll take “Injuries that make me reconsider my line of work” for a thousand, Alex.) 

Good morning, Potato Nation. As we’re all still nursing hangovers from this weekend’s festivities and trying to cope with the fact that there will be no more The Walking Dead until next fall, let’s start the day off with a bit of light reading.

Firstly, a math teacher from Ohio and a movie star from South Vietnam have been booked to throw down at UFC 148, which features the completion of the Dominick Cruz/Urijah Faber trilogy as its headliner, and goes down from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 7th.

What’s that, you say? Rich Franklin is also a movie star and Cung Le could probably teach math? Well, there’s no room for that kind of intolerance around here, especially not this early in the morning, so we suggest you pull your heads out of your collective asses. Besides, Rich Franklin is definitely not a movie star.

This will be Franklin’s first fight at middleweight since April of 2008, when he dispatched TUF 4 winner Travis Lutter via second round TKO back at UFC 83. In fact, it’s been a while since we’ve seen “Ace” in the octagon at all. After dropping a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126, Franklin was expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueria at UFC 133. The bout was cancelled, however, after Nogueria suffered a last minute injury, and a subsequent shoulder injury forced Franklin into surgery in October.

Cung Le appeared to be destined for victory in his UFC debut match against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139 last November, picking apart the former PRIDE middleweight champ with his patented arsenal of San Shou kicks throughout the first round. But as in his fight with Scott Smith at Strikeforce: Evolution, Le would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, eating one knee too many in the second round and dropping his second career loss to “The Axe Murderer” in the second round of their co-headlining scrap. Also similar to the Smith fight would be the horrific nose injury that Le would walk away with.

Also booked for this summer will be a pairing of top lightweight contenders when Gray Maynard squares off against Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4, both of whom are coming off losses to former or current lightweight champions. Guida, who strung together four wins in a row over the likes of Takanori Gomi and Anthony Pettis among others in his 2010-2011 run, most recently found himself on the wrong end of a Benson Henderson ass whooping in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 1, where he fell via unanimous decision to the current lightweight champ.

Maynard, on the other hand, is coming off a KO loss to long time rival Frankie Edgar at UFC 136. The fight, which played out incredibly similar to their draw back at UFC 125, would see Maynard dominate and nearly finish Edgar in the first round, only to find himself outgunned by the former champ three rounds later in what would be “The Bully’s” only professional loss to date.

UFC on FX 4 goes down on June 22nd at the Revel in Atlantic City. As of now, the Guida/Maynard match will serve as its headliner.

Let’s make this nice and simple; who ya got, and how?

-J. Jones

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Xanderschultz- March 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Pumped about both these fights. UFC found the cure for boring Gray by pitting him against guys with good TDD. I could see Guida's crazy head movement messing with him. Should be really competitive.
SnackDaddy- March 19, 2012 at 11:38 am
I don't know what the rest of you were watching, but Lee looked pretty damn good against Silva, that is, until he got his nose smashed. That's right, it happens. As a martial arts fan, it's always a treat watching him fight. It's like watching a Bruce Lee movie as a kid. You're glued to the edge of the seat. And you can never count Franklin out of a fight, though i'd be a little skeptic about him cutting so much weight at this point in his career. War Lee! War Franklin!
TellaTruth- March 19, 2012 at 9:03 am
OMG THE WALKING DEAD! I cannot believe i have to wait until the fall! & what prison? I didnt see no prison.
"H-Armless" walkers on a leash r u f*king kidding me!? I gotta get the comics!
Oh yeah, glad franklin is fighting again too.
Long live the "Rick-tatorship"!!!
ChucksChin- March 19, 2012 at 8:17 am
plastic surgeons, START YOUR ENGINES!
Fletch the V Stretch- March 19, 2012 at 7:57 am
While these are big name fights, I fear that they will not be the most entertaining. I don't know why I get that feeling but I do.

I have Maynard over Guida and Franklin over Le.

Maynard should win by being slightly better on the ground and in the stand up and Franklin victorious via better conditioning and more heart. I am honestly surprised Le is even still fighting, despite the fact he is usually entertaining to watch with his variety of strikes. He just needs to cut a little fat around the mid section bc dude is one stocky mofo.
ReX13- March 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

oh yeah, and these fights are also relevant to my interests.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- March 19, 2012 at 7:26 am
CUNG LE! CUNG LE! CUNG LE! CUNG LE! CUNG LE! CUNG LE!....He needs to walk out to the Bloodsport music....I disagree that Maynard-Guida will be insanely boring, as you might expect... a lot of times when two good wrestlers meet, their wrestling negates each others and they end up having to throw bombs for three rounds, making it entertaining....or one of them can take the other down and its 15 minutes of dry humping without any submissions attempted
nesbitt- March 19, 2012 at 7:22 am
franklin by UD, in a pretty exciting fight.
maynard by UD in an incredibly dull fight.
ExpectJesusBro- March 19, 2012 at 7:19 am
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- March 19, 2012 at 7:08 am
Really looking forward to Guida vs Maynard. Gray is a A LOT more interesting of a fighter now.

I expect Ace vs Le to go pretty much as Le vs anyone...lots of cool fancy kicks until he gases and gets KOd.
SnackDaddy- March 19, 2012 at 6:58 am
Amazing fights!