The UFC debuted in China on Saturday and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le scored his first UFC knockout victory against Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macao, China.
Le (9-2) landed a right hand to the chin of Franklin that knocked out the former UFC middleweight champion and this is the eight career knockout for Le.
The end of the fight came at the 2:17 mark of the first round, when Le landed a right hand to the chin after Franklin threw a low kick. After being hit, Franklin fell down on his face and the referee immediately came in to stop the fight.
With this win, Le has now won back to back fights in the UFC after losing his debut with the company and should get a top ten middleweight in his next fight.
In the co-main event on the card, Thiago Silva scored a submission victory in the third round against Stanislav Nedkov and this is his first win since 2009. Nedkov was able to control the action in the first two rounds by grappling with Silva against the cage.
Near the end of the second round, Nedkov dropped Silva with a right hand but he was able to make it to the bell. In the third round, Silva began to gain control of the fight with his strikes and the fight went to the ground. Once on the ground, Silva was able to get in full mount and worked his ground game, which led to him locking in an arm triangle and finishing the fight.
The full results of UFC on FUEL TV 6 are below:
Main Card: (FUEL TV)
Cung Le def. Rich Franklin via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:17
Thiago Silva def. Stanislav Nedkov via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:45
Dong Hyun Kim def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Takanori Gomi def. Mac Danzig via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Tuck def. Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Hougland via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card: (Facebook)
Alex Caceres def. Motonobu Tezuka via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
John Lineker def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Riki Fukuda def. Tom DeBlass via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)