Another month, another big UFC card shake-up. After a new opponent was needed to take on Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, Rich Franklin took the opportunity, pulling out of his scheduled fight against San Jose's own Cung Le at UFC 148.
Le was temporarily without an opponent for the July 7 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. While the main event of UFC 148 will be a title fight rematch between middleweights Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, Le (who is surprisingly not retired, despite appearances to the contrary) will still have a spot on the main card, as he takes on Patrick Cote.
Middleweight Cote will be making his return to the UFC for the first time since 2010. He has won his last four fights, but ended his last UFC stint with three straight losses.
This new fight is actually a much better situation for Le, who lost his UFC debut in November against Silva. It is unlikely he could have bested Franklin and Le needs a win at the very least to stay relevant in the national conversation. A dominant win over Cote would be exactly what his career needs.