The next UFC event actually takes place in Macao, China. That seems relevant to say since the UFC is doing everything short of inventing a time machine to skip to UFC 154. In fact, if you were to go on to the UFC’s website the Macao card is not even being advertised, but rather St. Pierre and Condit.
I’m not faulting the UFC since St. Pierre has been out of the octagon for more than a year and he is one of the biggest draws the promotion has to offer, however, it is not as if Le-Franklin is a card with two up and comers headlining the event filled out with fighters fans don’t know. The UFC should promote UFC 154 heavily. It is a “champion vs. champion” fight, but it is criminal to ignore Franklin-Le.
Franklin is a former UFC champion and Le is the former Strikeforce middleweight champion. Throughout his UFC career Franklin has been the example of a professional. He has stepped up on short notice, faced top fighters like Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva and is willing to do whatever the UFC asks of him. Franklin may not be in his prime anymore, but he’s still a solid middleweight fighter. Le is one of the most diverse fighters in the UFC with his striking and flashy kicks.
The card also has an outstanding co-main event featuring Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva and the undefeated Stanislov Nedkov while the rest of the card fills up with well known fighters like Dong Hyun Kim, Takanori Gomi and Mac Danzig.
This is also the first UFC event in China as the UFC continues to become a global sport. The UFC needs to promote this event heavily in a way to help expand its brand.
Fuel TV may not be on every TV, but for the Fox contract to be a success the UFC needs to be able to draw fans towards events on Fuel, especially when they have big name fighters. Franklin and Le are two fighters that the UFC should be using to bring fans to Fuel and to promote the free cards. Although neither fighter is a title contender, they are both fan favorites.