Cung Le Believes MMA Ready To “Explode” In Asia

Cung Le, thanks to his past title reign in Strikeforce and a handful of feature film roles, is one of the more notable fighters in terms of internationally. Le will face Rich Franklin Saturday in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le from China, and feels as though the Asian community is ready to embrace MMA.

“If the fights go the way they should, the explosion will begin right away (in terms of the sport in Asia),” said Le, following weigh-ins on Fuel TV Friday. “Look at the card, it’s really stacked.”

Le knows that Franklin will present a heavy challenge, as he is a former UFC champion. Le earned his first UFC victory earlier this year, defeating Patrick Cote. He was originally expected to meet Franklin, but “Ace” took a fight with Wanderlei Silva instead.

“It’s an honor to face him,” Le said. “He’s big and and strong. I’m not worried about him. It’s about what I’m going to do.”

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