The action kicks off on Friday, November 9 (5:00 AM ET) with the live UFC weigh-in on Fuel TV, hosted by veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant, with UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and middleweight Brian Stann offering analysis. Longtime British MMA Journalist Gareth A Davies conducts fighter interviews.
UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs Le Prelims kick off on Saturday, November 10 (7:15 AM ET), when Fuel TV begins covering the first four prelim bouts live on its website at http://www.fuel.tv/ufc/events/franklin-vs-le/
At 8:00 A.M EST, Fuel TV television coverage begins with the UFC prefight show hosted by Jay Glazer, with analysis from Cruz and Stann. Davies conducts backstage interviews. Look for a special comedy segment from comedian Adam Hunter. Fuel TV’s Rude Awakening Giveaway Sweepstakes also begins at 8:00 AM ET where viewers must tweet their favorite fight moments using the hashtag #RudeAwakening to be considered for a VIP trip for two to UFC 155.
UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs Le begins at 9:00 AM ET, with Jon Anik and Kenny Florian announcing the six main-card fights live from Macao, China.
Fuel TV wraps up the morning on Saturday, November 10 immediately following the end of the fights, with the UFC postfight show on Fuel TV, live. Glazer leads the recap, with Cruz and Stann’s analysis, and Davies conducts postfight interviews with the fighters. Glazer, Cruz and Stann will interview interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit as he prepares for his UFC 154 Championship fight with Georges St-Pierre.
Fuel TV Analysts Break Down Fights and Pick Winners:
Kenny Florian: “Cung Le is going to have the speed advantage. He has more of a dynamic striking game. But, he is definitely the smaller man against Rich Franklin and doesn’t have the cage experience that Franklin does. Le is going to have to come in in tremendous shape. He is going to have to keep a fast pace for all five rounds in order to get the edge against Franklin. Franklin is going to have to use his size and reach advantage against the quicker Le. He also needs to look to push the pace in the later rounds because we have seen Le gas in the past. Although Le may be the better wrestler, Rich is definitely a strong favorite once the fight hits the ground.”
Brian Stann: “Franklin's better conditioning is going to be a big factor here, in addition to his more diverse skill set. I see Franklin clearly taking over the fight in the later part of round two. Cung Le has also trained with an injured foot, which makes me question his ability to condition properly.”
Dominick Cruz: “I will take Franklin in a five-round bout. As it gets to the later rounds, I see Franklin’s style being better suited for a five-round MMA fight.”
Thiago Silva vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Stann: “I pick Silva based on his experience and better striking skills. Nedkov is a good wrestler, but Thiago has shown the ability to scramble back to his feet underneath some very good wrestlers and grapplers before. Nedkov tends to only throw big punches while Silva can put together solid combos and is a very good counter puncher.”
Cruz: “I think Silva has the experience factor, and Nedkov’s striking is a basic two-punch power brawler in the standup realm. I see Silva winning this fight with just a little more crisp striking and durability.”
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Paulo Thiago
Florian: “Kim comes from a high-level judo background and is going to need that to avoid being on his back against the grappler Thiago. Kim is going to have to watch out for the punching power of Thiago. Kim is the taller, longer fighter and should use his judo background to keep the fight on his feet and use his reach advantage. When the fight does hit the mat, Kim has to make sure that he gets top position against Thiago where he can utilize his dangerous ground and pound. Thiago is the better ground fighter and needs to work some of those crafty submissions when the fight hits the mat. On the feet, Thiago is going to have to look to get on the inside of Kim’s long shots.”
Stann: “Tough fight to call here. Kim's skill set makes him the easier pick in this matchup, but Thiago is physically and mentally the tougher fighter and could pull this off just based on that. I am going with Thiago based on wanting it more and finding a way despite Kim's superior takedowns and great top control.”
Cruz: “I see Thiago having the edge in technique in the grappling and I take Thiago in this one. Yet I see it going all three rounds as Kim is hard to take down and has great submission defense.”
Takanori Gomi vs. Mac Danzig
Florian’s fight to watch: “Takanori Gomi is always dangerous because of his one-punch knockout power. If we see the Gomi of old, it is going to be a tremendous battle. Mac Danzig is a guy who has been around for a while. He is very active on the feet and on the ground. Look for him to take the fight to ground and expose Gomi’s ground game.”
Stann: “Mac Danzig. He is a very skilled fighter and better in every area of the fight in my opinion. Gomi always has a puncher's chance.”
Cruz: “I see Danzig weathering the Gomi storm in round one and gassing Gomi out by end of the fight to win. I’m picking Danzig.”
Tiequan Zhang vs. Jon Tuck
Stann: “I’m picking Tuck. He’s a fast starter and technically superior everywhere. He will have to overcome the hometown crowd, obviously.”
Cruz: “Tough fight as Tuck has little work in the UFC Octagon, but I think his standup composure and fundamentals of striking can grind until he gets the submission or gets to the grappling control he desires.”
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland
Stann: “I’m going with Mizugaki. He has a lot of experience in big UFC fights and is not easy to submit. He is also as tough as they come. I don't see Hougland being able to consistently takedown Mizugaki and out grapple him for three rounds. On the feet, Mizugaki has the clear advantage from what I have seen thus far in Hougland's career.”
Cruz: “I see Mizugaki winning this by controlling the center of the cage with his crisp boxing and takedown defense.”