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Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le: Head-to-Head

This weekend, the UFC will be making its first ever trip to China, which totally explains why they decided to stack a garbage ass card with Japanese fighters and put a Vietnamese guy in the main event, because close enough, right kids?

All kidding and racially misguided motivations aside, we will be in for a hell of a fight when Rich Franklin and Cung Le throw down this Saturday. Both men are known for turning in crowd-pleasing performances each and every time they step into the octagon — thanks in part to Rich’s fearless demeanor and Cung’s Cirque du Soleil-esque kicking ability — and both have gone win-loss in their last four fights. It’s not exactly a must win for either of these company men, but with Franklin currently standing at around a -300 favorite heading into fight night, we figured we would take a look at just how well these two match up, Head to Head style. Enjoy.

Franklin: 38
Le: 40
Advantage: Franklin

Franklin: 6’1″, 76 inch reach, walks around at roughly 220 lbs.
Le: 5’10″, 69 inch reach, walks around at roughly…you know what, it doesn’t matter.
Advantage: Clearly Franklin

Franklin: UD loss to Forrest Griffin at LHW (UFC 126), UD win over Wanderlei Silva at Franklinweight (UFC 147)
Le: TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva (UFC 139), UD win over Patrick Cote (UFC 148)
Advantage: Franklin

Franklin: 86.2 % (25 finishes in 29 victories)
Le: 89 % (8 finishes in 9 victories)
Advantage: Le by a Scott Smith

Le: Small roles in Pandorum, The Man With the Iron Fists, Tekken, Fighting, and The Grandmasters (currently in post production)
Franklin: Leading role in Cyborg Soldier, 3 film roles that begin with the title “Coach,” and a resume that reads: “Was Knocked-out by Lyoto Machida at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye Festival on December 31st 2003.” OH COME ON, FILM NERDS!
Advantage: Le

Franklin: Compliments of Anderson Silva
Le: Compliments of Scott Smith & Wanderlei Silva
Advantage: Dead even. While Le’s broken noses were undoubtedly more brutal in appearance, Franklin was also given a permanent black eye to compliment his busted schnoz. A black eye that, each and every time he looks in the mirror, serves as a constant reminder that he will never again be a champion. OK, maybe Rich takes this one due to emotional trauma.

Franklin: 75k/75k to show/win
Le: 150k to show, no win
Advantage: Le

Franklin: Knocked out/retired Chuck Liddell with a broken arm at UFC 115.
Le: Only uses turn of the century medicine to heal his ailments. Has the nastiest hammertoe you will ever see.
Advantage: Franklin

Franklin: One-punched Nate Quarry into a two-year absence from the sport.
Le: Single handidly destroyed Scott Smith’s ability to score heroic comebacks forevermore with a spinning back kick to the turd factory.
Advantage: Le

Conclusion: According to the CagePotato fight scientists, this one is pretty much even, with both fighters coming away victorious in 4 categories and tying in what would be the deciding one. But based on his massive size advantage, we’ll have to take Franklin by a close but decisive unanimous decision.

Agree or disagree here for a chance to win a Bruce Lee/Movember shirt from Lancaster LTD!

-J. Jones

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TellaTruth- November 7, 2012 at 10:16 am
That is the UGLIEST poster ever! Rich looks like he is asking, "Is this pose right?"

absolutely love that .gif
godspeed- November 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm
If le wants to win he needs an ingrown toenail kick to the eye. Otherwise he fucked!!!!!!!!
mma4ever- November 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm
J jones please support our favorite sport . I like all fights....exept the dry hump victories of course
mma4ever- November 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm
When did frank shamrock ever matter ? I mean ..come on now
cabsmell22- November 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm
Here my thing with this article...WHY EVEN BRING THE SUBJECT OF RACISM UP IN THE FIRST PLACE?? It's idiotic, disrespectful and STUPID!
Fried Taco- November 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Great, CP, after all these years you pick right now, with this article, to start making jokes. I guess you've given up on ever getting your press credentials back from Dana.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm
That GIF is awesome- Wondershowzen me love you long time.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Jokes? I hate Jokes!
Tai-Pan- November 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Lol at Cagepotato and journalistic integrity, butthurt much?
cabsmell22- November 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm
This article is not cool, it's not raciest but clearly you guys at Cage Potato are pointing out complete garbage headlines with this article. Having fighters from all over Asia doesn't mean the UFC is raciest, it means less travel time from their respected camps and maybe those fighters are just recognized better in that part of the world. But to pull the "Race card" on a subject like this is really pointless and a little pathetic, I was always on your side cage potato...
Even when the UFC/Dana White would bash you guys in everything from interviews to press releases, But this changed my opinion about about you guys and any journalistic integrity you may have had.
This is one cage potato fan that was "Not impressed by your performance"
Mr_Misanthropy- November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm
It's OK fella, this is the 90's, they got a cure for yellow fever.
cabsmell22- November 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Your a really smart guy, I mean you must be the smartest person on earth!
ambassador- November 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm
garbage ass card? it's a decent card, ya jag offs.
Capital- November 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Dont forget that Lee kinda retired Frank Shamrock when he just kicked so much crap out of Frank that Frank simply gave up!