UFC on Fuel TV 6 Preview

The world domination of the UFC continues in one of the biggest moves yet least talked about in the UFC. UFC on Fuel TV 6 will be the second time that the UFC ventures in to Asia and the first time they will set foot in China. The first fight in China will feature some of the best fighters from Asia in a fight card that seems to look back to the old days of martial arts. Yet for such a big move into the Asian market the UFC has said little to nothing about this fight card. This is mainly because the next fight and the return of Georges St. Pierre has taken most of the focus and the marketing dollars from UFC on Fuel TV 6. UFC 154 will be a major fight card for the UFC and so it is justified that they will try to focus on it but UFC on Fuel TV 6 will be a great warm-up to the major fight. The first fight in China is a big step for the UFC as they continue to expand to new countries and continue to grow into new markets. So far the small advertisements that have gone on for UFC on Fuel TV 6 have looked back to the history of martial arts as they seem to look back to the old Kung Fu movies. It is only appropriate to look back to classic Kung Fu when the main event will feature a martial arts actor who will be in a throwback Kung Fu movie this year. Cung Le has been acting since 1997 and is in the new movie The Man with the Iron Fist directed by RZA. Le is more than just an actor with great martial arts as he honed his Martial Arts into his second living in MMA. Training in Taekwondo as a kid gave Le the foundation he needed to be a successful MMA star. Le began his MMA career in 2006 when he beat Mike Altman at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie. It began a long winning streak in Strikeforce that eventually led to a Middleweight Championship. Le could not defend the title losing to Scott Smith and then getting some revenge in his next fight avenging his only loss. Le then made the move to the UFC where the then 39-year-old lost to Wanderlei Silva. Le would not go away easily though as he won his next fight against Patrick Cote at UFC 148 earlier this year. Le looks now to continue to make a move in the middleweight division as he only has one more shot to move up at the age of 40. He will take on a legend in the division who also had an interesting job as an English Teacher before he began his UFC career. Rich Franklin has been from the bottom to the top of the division with a UFC title on his resume. He has become a legend in the weight class as one of the old guard of the UFC who will now be acting as a gatekeeper. Franklin has been on a mediocre level in the past few years going 3-3 since 2009. His last fight was a big one against Wanderlei Silva as Franklin took home a unanimous decision win over one of the biggest names in the division. Now he will look to end Le’s climb and push himself up the division one last time. It should be a good fight with two fighters that are very comfortable on their feet. Le is a Taekwondo specialist while Franklin is more of a traditional boxer. Both will likely stand as neither is particularly fond of the ground game although both can hold their own on the mat if it goes there. The only way this fight will go to the ground will be if wither fighter is getting completely outplayed in the standing game and one of them takes down the other for relief. That will likely not happen as both fighters will stay standing and bang this fight out to determine a winner. It will be a tight one too as both fighters are very good at what they do on their feet. Don’t expect a knockout in this fight although both will come close to getting to the other but neither is known as an easy knockout. It will be a great standup fight that will end in a unanimous decision as Cung Le will take another step to earning a title shot in the Middleweight division.

The rest of the fights on the card will follow the typical pattern of the UFC as they will feature some of the top Asian talent for their first trip to China. Asian fighters in the UFC have not had the most success as none have made a big enough impact to enter any title race. Asian fighters have a long history in the sport as Asia was one of the first continents to embrace MMA. For years the continent has held some of the biggest events while the UFC was trying to get started. The sport would grow in Asia before it became the fastest growing sport in the world under the leadership of the UFC. Pride would take a foothold in Asia and become the first major MMA league in the world. As a result of the success and the deep ties to Martial arts Asia has long produced some great fighters. These fighters were not a part of the UFC for a long time but recently they have been making their way to the biggest league in the sport. With another fight in the continent the UFC will highlight their most recent acquisitions and their most promising Asian fighters. There will be the superstars in Asia like Dong Hyun Kim and Takanori Gomi who will get some major cheers from big fan bases in the area. The biggest cheer may be reserved for the only fighter from China as Tiequan Zhang will fight at home for the first time. The fighter from Inner Mongolia, China will take on Jon Tuck in his first fight in China as a member of the UFC. The crowd will certainly be in his corner as they will be for the rest of the Asian fighters on the card as the UFC takes another trip to the continent in a brand new country as they continue to take over the world.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:
Rich “Ace” Franklin vs. Cung Le (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

 

Main Card:
Thiago Silva vs. Stanislav “Stucky” Nedkov (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

 

Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim vs. Paulo Thiago (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

 

“The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi vs. Mac Danzig (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

 

Tiequan “The Wolf” Zhang vs. Jon “The Super Saiyan” Tuck (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

 

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff “Hellbound” Hougland (Sportsnet/Fuel TV)

 

Undercard:
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres vs. Motonobu Tezuka (Facebook)

 

Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. John “Hands of Stone” Lineker (Facebook)

 

Riki Fukuda vs. Tom DeBlass (Facebook)

 

David “Daudi” Mitchell vs. Hyun “The Ace” Gyu Lim (Facebook)

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One Response to “UFC on Fuel TV 6 Preview”
  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    Can’t wait for that one. Just wish I was in Macau when it goest down :).

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