The UFC headed to Macau on Saturday, and Cung Le celebrated by knocking Rich Franklin out. Really out. Faceplant into the canvas out. Possibly out before he hit the ground out. Awkwardly falling to the ground out. See for yourself. The fight footage starts about 35 seconds in:
After debuting in the UFC with a loss to Wanderlei Silva, 40-year-old Le has two straight wins. He wants to take off time before his next fight, because he went straight from his win over Patrick Cote in July to training for this fight. After his well-earned vacation, expect to see him against a tough opponent.
Thiago Silva also had an impressive performance, submitting Stanislav Nedkov in the third round. (Skip to the 29-second mark for the submission.)
The win ends a rough streak in Silva's career. His last win was a TKO of Keith Jardine in 2009. Since then, he lost to Rashad Evans, was suspended for using a banned substance in his fight with Brandon Vera and had his win changed to a no-contest, and then lost to Alexander Gustaffson.
The rest of the card's results:
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).
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)
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