A middleweight matchups is official for the UFC 148 as Rich Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) faces Cung Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Franklin fights for the first time in more than a year. The former UFC middleweight champ, who had recently been competing at light heavyweight, had been sidelined with injuries since a February 2011 loss to Forrest Griffin. Franklin was expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this past August, but a shoulder injury and surgery forced him to withdraw from the matchup.
He meets Le, who seeks his first octagon win. The 39-year-old former Strikeforce champ debuted for the UFC in November and looked comfortable early against Wanderlei Silva before eventually falling victim to a second-round barrage of punches and knees. Le has fought just once in each of the past four calendar years.