The UFC announced today that former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will be returning to action at UFC 148 where he will face former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le. The event is targeted for July 7th, at the MGM Garden Arena. The targeted main event will be the third match up between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber. Cruz will be looking to defend his bantamweight title for the second time against Faber as he took a unanimous decision victory over him at UFC 132.
Rich Franklin(28-6, 1NC) is coming off of a very long layoff in which he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He last seen in action losing a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin back at UFC 126. It will be roughly a year and a half since Franklin last competed when he faces Le this summer. Franklin is (2-2) in his last four fights dating back to 2009.
Cung Le(7-2) is coming off a TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139 after an extended break from MMA to make movies. Le has Silva in trouble earlier in their fight, but could not overcome exhaustion and the power of Silva as the fight made it’s way to the second round. Le is (1-2) is his last three fights dating back to 2009.
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