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Cung Le shocked the world when he needed just one perfectly placed punch to knock out Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 6 today (Nov. 10, 2012) in Macau. So how did he do it?
In the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 6 today (Sat., Nov. 10, 2012) in Macau, former Strikeforce Champion Cung Le showed off his striking game with a wicked one-punch knockout of former UFC Champion Rich Franklin.
So how the hell did he manage to pull that off?
Speaking on the post-show on FUEL TV, Le talked about the win and how he managed to slip that punch over the top with such devastating effect:
"I've got to say wow! It's like a dream. I feel like I'm in a dream right now. Thank you, lord. You know, I just saw him timing my kicks, so I waited for him to punch and then threw that overhead right and I got lucky and hit him. ... That was a money punch. I just want to thank my trainer Scott, who had three months away from his family and kids and had to deal with my stuff and my kids, because they are wild. I am just so thankful to be here in China in the first UFC fight. Thanks Dana and Lorenzo for letting me headline their card and, of course, Joe Silva for making this card happen. I want to thank everyone who came out."
It certainly didn't look lucky to me; far from it, in fact. Le checked a leg kick, kept his eyes on the prize, and waited patiently for the right time to unleash the perfect counter with just the right range to put it smooth on Franklin's jaw.
But now that he's put together such an impressive performance in such a high profile bout, what with this being his first UFC main event, what's next for the 40-year-old?
"I love to do mixed martial arts. I love to compete. If I can do it as long as I live, I‘ll do it. But I know my clock is ticking, so I am just doing my best. I definitely want to take a little vacation before I start training to let my body heal up. You know when I hit him, I felt my shoulder jolt a little, but it was just a lot of adrenaline going."