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?