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Rich Franklin Expects Plenty Of Tricks From Cung Le

Former UFC champion Rich Franklin knows he must expect the unexpected when he squares off with Cung Le Saturday in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le. The two will collide from Macau, China.

Le, a former Strikeforce champion, brings a completely different style to the Octagon, as the fighter likes to throw random strikes. “Ace” has been working hard to prepare for any – and every – thing.

“He’s a southpaw. I’ve had problems with other southpaws, not because they’re southpaws, but because they’re good fighters,” said Franklin, following weigh-ins on Fuel TV Friday. “He’s very trick, but orthodox. You don’t know if he’s coming with a spinning back fist or a spinning kick. You don’t know what’s coming.”

Franklin added that the key is “pattern recognition.” The veteran recently defeated Wanderlei Silva and is hoping to possible secure a third meeting with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva before retiring.

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