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UFC Targeting Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin for UFC on FUEL 6 Event

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Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Patrick Coto (bottom) defends against Cung Le during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Patrick Coto (bottom) defends against Cung Le during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC president Dana White wants Cung Le to fight in China, and what White wants, he usually gets. Within hours of winning at UFC 148, Le had already heard from White that he wanted him to compete at UFC on FUEL 6, and even though Le is still recovering from injury, that's still the plan.

As long as Le properly heals up from his recent three-round win over Patrick Cote, he'll be facing Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL 6, White said in a Thursday press interview in Calgary.

According to him, Le has a bone bruise and is in a walking cast, but the promotion is keeping tabs on his recovery in hopes that he'll take a major slot on the card, which will emanate from Macau, the Chinese gambling and entertainment destination.

"I'm very confident that Cung Le is going to be in China," he said.

Le and Franklin were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 148, but Franklin was pulled from the fight and moved up to UFC 147 headlining status opposite Wanderlei Silva after Silva's original opponent Vitor Belfort was injured.

Franklin (29-6, 1 no contest) went on to win by unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Le's victory over Cote was his first in the UFC after losing to Silva in his octagon debut in 2011.

The original pairing between veteran middleweights is apparently one that the UFC still has an interest in, and as long as Le can soon be cleared, he should have no issues making the November 10 date.

"If he fights in China, he will fight Rich Franklin," White said.