For the second time this year Rich Franklin is set to head out to Singapore to prepare for a fight with Cung Le. The first time these two were scheduled to meet an injury to Vitor Belfort saw Franklin take on Wanderlei Silva at UFC 146 instead while Le found himself up against Patrick Cote at UFC 148.
Both men won unanimous decisions so the fight which was originally supposed to take place at UFC 148 will now be heading to UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macau. That card is taking place on November 10th and will be the UFC's first every foray into the Greater Chinese area.
Franklin's training camp for the aborted UFC 148 fight with Le was spent at Evolve MMA in Singapore and Franklin today confirmed that he would be heading back there to prepare for the November fight which will be his first time fighting in Asia since the 2003 loss to Lyoto Machida.
Franklin was preparing specifically for the Sanda based skill set of Le and spoke to MMA Mania about the type of training he did to get ready to face a fighter with a reputation as being one of the most unorthodox strikers in the entire MMA world,
"I did a seminar down there with Matt Hume at Evolve last year, and was very impressed with the school, from both the instructor and facility perspectives and most of the trainers are world champions, be it in boxing, Muay Thai or BJJ. It's definitely the number one camp in Asia and after speaking with Chatri about putting my camp together, I was convinced we could conduct a good camp."
"I worked on my striking with a guy called Namsaknoi who was a champion in Thailand. I don't think there is a Muay Thai trainer with his credentials anywhere in America and he showed me some new things. Not only did I work with the champions who were already there but Evolve brought in Wushu guys to help me get ready for Cung. I am sure it will not be my last time there because I had a great time training, got in great quality training and we put a great game plan together for Cung."
It appears Franklin will be returning to Singapore even sooner than expected and will get to implement that game plan as he looks to secure his second successive UFC win since returning from a long term shoulder injury and take a step closer to getting one last middleweight title shot.