You've seen the UFC Primetime special regarding UFC 148, now here's the reguarly scheduled "Countdown" show, which premiered this evening on FUEL TV. Part one featuring Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is above. The remainder of the special is after the jump, featuring spotlights on Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote and Demian Maia vs. Dong-Hyun Kim.
"The great Cinderella story would be for me to drop to 185 and make a run for the title. I can't say I haven't thought about that. But I don't want to put the carriage before the horse. I have a tough opponent in front of me, and I really need to focus on that fight first and get some momentum going. This is not an easy fight. He's southpaw, and I've historically had problems with southpaws. So this will be a good challenge for me to come back at 185."
— Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin discusses his recent announcement of a return to action against Cung Le on July 7 at UFC 148 and his dream of making one more run a regaining the 185 lb title before calling it a career.
It wasn't until I actually watched this trailer that I made myself go look at who is in it. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter Weller and Cung Le are the stars naturally. And if that looks an awfully lot like Trevor Prangley getting his ass kicked for about 30 seconds, that's because it is. Dan Henderson, Gilbert Melendez and Rich Clementi are also credited.
If nothing else, the action sequences are going to be sick.
The usual pre-event hype for UFC 139 just wasn't there. The UFC's first foray into the San Jose area following their surprising acquisition of Bay Area mainstay Strikeforce happened to be sandwiched in between the organization's network television debut on FOX, pitting Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in a UFC heavyweight title bout, and the finale of the fourteenth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" the show's last on Spike.
It wasn't as if the fight card was lacking. Dan Henderson's return to the Octagon against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was a barnburner of a headliner. Wanderlei Silva facing Cung Le and Urijah Faber going up against Brian Bowles aren't bad co-main events either. The advertising just wasn't there.
Still, UFC 139 delivered to say the least...
Ahead of the UFC's debut this weekend in San Jose, here's an extended video preview of UFC 139, which boasts a stacked main card and is headlined by Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson's return to the UFC against former UFC title holder Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
A hard-hitting middleweight clash between Wanderlei Silva and debuting Cung Le and Urijah Faber's return to action against fellow former WEC champ Brian Bowles are also featured.
"I would like to have a couple of fights in the UFC. I'm one of those guys that, if it's going to be an exciting fight and a good match-up for the fans to watch, let's get it on. I have nothing to prove, so I'm down to fight anyone if it's going to be exciting for the fans to watch."
— Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le tells FightHype.com that he is interested in returning to action and possibly getting a chance with the UFC, especially on the planned card for UFC 139 in San Jose, CA.
Scott Smith. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
NEW YORK – Can Scott “Hands Of Steel’’ Smith, aka “The Comeback Kid,’’ do it again?
On Saturday, June 26, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Showtime, Smith will attempt to make it two consecutive victories over Cung Le in a middleweight (185 pounds) rematch of one of the most incredible Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) comeback victories of all-time.
The eagerly anticipated return bout between Smith (17-6), of Elk Grove, Calif., and Le (6-1), of San Jose, will take place on an already-stacked Strikeforce and M-1 Global fight card that features the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1),against two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (13-4) in the main event.
Dan Henderson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA – Four of the most popular and accomplished champions in mixed martial arts, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Matt Serra, have partnered with Round 5, the leading producer of MMA collectibles, to create figurines that will be included in an expanded Series 4, it was announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. The series, scheduled to be available at retail in July in time for UFC 100, will include the four plus fellow superstars Fedor Emelianenko and Gina Carano.
Round 5 also confirmed today that Series 3, which features Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, “Big John” McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, will be in stores across North America and at online outlets including Round5MMA.com in late May, about a month behind its original schedule.
“With six figurines, Series 4 will be our largest issuance to date,” said Damon Lau. “Adding four more of the biggest names in the sport – with wide fan bases – to what began as an already stacked set is huge for Round 5 and a great opportunity for fans to quickly add to their collections.”
In his latest interview with ESPN Radio 1100 and Yahoo! Sports’ Steve Cofield, reigning Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le reveals that he intends to fight for the first time in well over a year this fall. Le’s most likely opponent? Frank Shamrock, according to him at least.
Cover courtesy of Strikeforce.
Reigning Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le is currently featured in the December issue of Black Belt Magazine. Le, who is featured on the magazine’s cover, is featured in a cover story chronicling his transition from a successful Sanshou kickboxing career to the world of mixed martial arts. The issue is on sale now.