In the main event of UFC on FUEL 6, former UFC Lightheavyweight Rich Franklin dropped down to Middleweight to face San Shou wizard Cung Le.
Referee Marc Goddard signalled the start of the bout, with both fighters coming out in an orthodox stance. Cung Le is reknowned for switching stances and otherwise thowing devastating shots from unorthodox directions.
Franklin felt Le out cautiously with jabs. Le responded in kind with low kicks.
Franklin appeared to be confident and stayed in the pocket with Le, throwing combinations, which were mostly blocked.
Suddenly Le, standing southpaw, checked a left middle kick and countered with a lead hooking overhand right that sent Franklin to the mat, completely unconscious.
"He was loading up and looking for me to kick (so he could] attack me with punches)," said Le. "I came in, I waited for him to punch and I came in with the overhand right and caught him.
Thank you Lord."
And thus a card that started with seven decisions in a row ended with a ferocious bang, and an extra $40,000 KO of the Night bonus for Cung Le.
Image courtesy of Tracy Lee.
Cung Le beat Rich Franklin via KO at 2:17 of round 1