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UFC on Fuel TV 6 Recap: Le Upsets Franklin

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COMMENTARY | The Ultimate Fighting Championship started off its adventures in China with the "UFC on Fuel TV 6" fight card held on Nov. 10, at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China. Finishes were rare at the event, but it was still an entertaining show. Here are the results of the entire fight card:

Cung Le def. Rich Franklin

Le improved his UFC record to 2-1, knocking out Franklin during the opening moments of their fight. After a brief feeling out period, Le countered a low-kick with a hard right, sending Franklin to the canvas face first. With the win, Le proved that he's more than just some kung fu guy, as he's obviously skilled enough to hold his own against the top middleweights in the UFC.

Thiago Silva def. Stanislav Nedkov

Nedkov got off to a solid start against Silva, dominating the striking exchanges during the first two rounds of their UFC on Fuel TV 6 bout. The Bulgarian even dropped Thiago with a hard right late in the second round, and he came close to finishing the fight with the ensuing barrage of punches. Unfortunately for Nedkov, Silva put him on his back early in the final round, and the Brazilian worked his way to mount, finishing the fight with an arm-triangle.

Dong Hyun Kim def. Paulo Thiago

Kim manhandled Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 6, dominating the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist on the ground. Kim almost finished the fight with a rear-naked choke at the end of the first round, but Thiago was saved by the bell. Kim continued his grappling attack in the latter rounds, and he finished out the fight with some vicious, Sakuraba-like double punches from mount/back-mount. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Kim, who reminded UFC fans that he's still a top contender in the welterweight division.

Takanori Gomi def. Mac Danzig

Gomi was the underdog coming into their UFC on Fuel TV 6 encounter, but he certainly didn't fight like it. "The Fireball Kid" came out swinging as always, and he even mixed in a few takedowns. Danzig almost pulled off a comeback victory in the second round with a tight guillotine choke, but Gomi defended well. With a little help from the clock, Gomi survived the second round, and he turned up the heat in the final round, sending Danzig to the ground with a hard right and working him over in the clinch. All three judges scored the fight 29-28, with two giving Gomi the nod. It was a tough fight to score, and the judges deserve a lot of credit for getting it right.

Jon Tuck def. Tiequan Zhang

After a brief feeling out period, Zhang took the fight to the ground, but it was Tuck who proved to be the better grappler at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Jon locked up what looked like a tight armbar, but Zhang defended well, preventing Tuck from extending his arm by wrapping his legs around his head. Jon eventually let go of the submission, but he controlled the rest of the round on the ground.

Zhang went back to the ground in the second round, but Tuck dominated the action once again, getting back in dominant position and threatening with a few submissions. Zhang decided to keep the fight standing in the third, and it turned out to be a good idea. He landed the cleaner strikes, but it wasn't enough to make up for the first two rounds. All three judges scored the fight for Tuck, who's starting to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division.

Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Hougland

Mizugaki dominated their fight from start to finish, consistently putting Hougland on his back and keeping him there at UFC on Fuel TV 6. Hougland tried to set up a few submissions from his back, but he never really came close to securing anything. The Octagon-side judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, 30-25, all in favor Mizugaki.

Undercard:

Alex Caceres def. Motonobu Tezuka (split decision)

John Lineker def. Yasuhiro Urushitani (unanimous decision)

Riki Fukuda def. Tom DeBlass (unanimous decision)

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner that has watched and studied MMA for the past 7 years. Follow him on Twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Fight and fighter information from Sherdog.com and UFC on Fuel TV 6 broadcast

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