Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Patrick Coto (bottom) defends against Cung Le during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has already locked in its UFC on FUEL TV 6 event for the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in the People's Republic of China on Nov. 10, 2012, and they want the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion to be front and center, according to comments made by UFC President Dana White at yesterday's UFC 149 pre-fight press conference.
Assuming he's healthy enough to compete after his three round unanimous decision win over Patrick Cote.
Le was able to outstrike "The Predator" at the UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" event earlier this month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, earning his first-ever win inside the Octagon after coming up short against Wanderlei Silva in his 2011 debut.
And his opponent is a familiar one.
That's because Le was already booked to throw hands opposite Rich Franklin at the aforementioned UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV), but Vitor Belfort broke his hand in training and the promotion needed a last-minute fill-in for the UFC 147 main event against "The Axe Murderer."
"Ace," as he always does, happily obliged.
Franklin, like Le, was able to emerge victorious on the judges scorecards and because of the relative close timing between the two events, it would give each combatant ample time to adequately prepare for a 185-pound throwdown in China town.
How long before UFC President can get pen to paper?
Time will tell.