(Macao, November 5, 2012) - The10-boutNovember 10Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) event
at The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel’s CotaiArena™ is just around the
corner, and two top mixed martial artists from the United States are gearing up
for their headline match in the Octagon®. Former UFC middleweight
champion Rich “Ace” Franklin and Asian-American Cung Le will go head-to-head,
putting their individual styles to the test, as each seeks to take home the
glory in what is sure to be an exciting five-round middleweight contest.
Franklin and Le have their own unique
approaches to training. “I feel good; I'm in shape, healthy and ready to go,”
says Franklin, of Cincinnati, Ohio. “I’ll finish my final two weeks of training
in Singapore, and will head to Macao the week of the fight. I train six out of seven
days per week. I typically wake up, do a three-mile run on an empty stomach,
eat and then head to the gym. My first workout consists of either drilling or
conditioning. After a few hours of break, I head back to the gym for my second
session for grappling, sparring or pad work.
“I know every fighter is different, but
I'm very disciplined in my routine. I get eight hours of sleep each night,
often take naps, rarely stay out late, never drink alcohol and my nutrition is
impeccable. Since I train so much, I make sure I spend time stretching, icing
and anything else I can do to take care of my body,” Franklin notes.
Le, who combines many styles including Sanda
(also known as Sanshou), wushu, wrestling and taekwondo in the ring, likewise
has been training hard as he prepares to face Franklin. “I feel good about my
training so far. I’ll lighten my training up when I get to Hong Kong on the
30th and just maintain my condition till the fight,” he says. “My routine is different
in one way or another everyday. It all depends on how I feel after a hard
training session. It usually starts with strength and conditioning in the
morning and Sanda or MMA ground and standing work in the evening. I drink lots
of water and eat small meals throughout the day and I try not to eat junk food,
but I enjoy one cheat day where I eat anything I want!”
It may come as a surprise to fans that
Franklin, formerly a high school teacher, hadn’t intended to pursue MMA as a
career. His father enrolled him in karate as a young boy, and after playing sports
throughout high-school, Franklin rekindled his passion for martial arts. While
training during his university days, he fought during his last year because of
a dare from a friend. He explains, “During my fourth year of teaching, I
realized I had a chance to pursue a dream. I resigned from my high school
teaching position and this career fortunately paid off.” Franklin’s 13-year professional
MMA record has to-date earned him 29 wins with only 6 losses.
Having retired from Sanda fighting in 2005,
Le started MMA because he felt he wanted a new challenge. Like Franklin, Le’s
introduction to martial arts goes back to his childhood. “My mother put me into
a taekwondo program when I was in elementary school to help me deal with the
bullies that were picking on me because of my race,” he says. He’s come a long way
since those days – he owns a gym (Cung Le's Mixed Martial Arts), and has
several film and television credits, including the just-released The Man with the Iron Fists, expected to
be an American box office hit. Le has recorded eight wins and two losses during
his six-year professional MMA career, and was undefeated in his eight-year
Franklin and Le both understand the
significance of fighting in the region’s first UFC event. “It is always an honour
to be the first to fight in a new country,” Franklin says. “I'm excited to see
how the fans react to the event. This is the first time I have been to China
and I expect to gain perspective on a culture that is new to me. After the
fight, I plan to fly to Beijing for a couple of days.”
“I am so honoured and excited to be fighting
in the main event in greater China’s first-ever UFC event and I am really
focused on my fight,” says Le.
Those looking to get a taste of this exciting
combat sport ahead of the November 10 event can visit the UFC Experience zone at The Venetian Macao, which features
exhibition panels introducing the origin of MMA and the game rules, free MMA
video games and other interactive games, and a kiosk selling UFC signature
merchandise such as t-shirts, caps and boxing gloves.
Universally recognized for its
action-packed, must-see events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas
and stadiums across the globe, UFC, the world’s premier MMA organization, brings
its phenomenal event to greater China – and to Macao – for the first time at
The Venetian Macao’s 15,000-seat CotaiArena, the top live entertainment
destination in southern China, on November 10. In addition to the headline match
between Franklin and Le, the 10-bout event includes fighters like the only
Chinese UFC fighter – Zhang Tiequan, Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim, Brazil’s Paulo
Thiago, Bulgarian Stanislav Nedkov, and Brazilian Thiago Silva.
UFC® MACAO: FRANKLIN vs.
LE will air live on numerous UFC broadcast partners across Asia and globally,
as well as on FUEL TV in North America on Sunday, November 11.
The first bout of “UFC®MACAO: FRANKLIN vs. LE” kicks off at 8
pm on November 10, with the main card scheduled to start at 10 pm. Tickets are
on sale now at all Sands China box offices* and can
be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) /
+852 6333 6660 (HK). Tickets are also available at Tom Lee Outlets and through
Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies) at www.HKTicketing.com, or by phone at +852 3128 8288. Tickets
are available in seven categories: HKD/MOP 3,880 (Silver), 2,280 (Bronze),
1,280 (A Reserve), 980 (B Reserve), 880 (C Reserve), 680 (D Reserve) and 380 (E
Visitors from mainland China can
purchase tickets through one of two participating travel agents: China
International Travel Service (CITS), via phone at 400-600-0853 and online at www.cits.mo/ufcmacao; and Yong Le, via phone at 4006-228-228 and
online at www.228.com.cn/ufcmacao. The booking deadline for both is Monday,
For more information about the event, including
the full fight card, visit www.ufc.com/event/FUEL6#/fight.
*CotaiArena Box Office; The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel – Main Lobby
Box Office; Four Seasons Hotel – The Plaza™ Casino Box Office; Sands®
Macao – Casino Floor L1 Box Office; Sands® Cotai Central –
CotaiTicketing™ Box Offices (Sheraton Hotel Main Lobby, Holiday Inn Main Lobby
and East Bus Lobby)
Photo caption: UFC fever is on its way to the CotaiArena November
10, featuring an exciting line-up of international MMA talent, including American
headliners Rich Franklin (second from left) and Cung Le (second from right) pictured
here at a September 7 sneak preview event at The Venetian Macao.
From left to right: Welterweight class Dong Hyun Kim from South Korea; light heavyweight
class Rich Franklin from America; middleweight class Vietnam-born American Cung
Le; featherweight class Zhang Tiequan from China.
Ultimate Fighting Championship®
recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of
the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the
world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by
Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and
Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest
Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the
mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media
Group in the USA. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX
network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of
programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the
longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.
addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149
countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20
different languages. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans
through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and
Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and
followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter.
Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally
distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand
around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game
franchise distributed by THQ and a new franchise in development with EA, UFC
GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo®
festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.
Entertainment at Sands China Ltd.
China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment
15,000-seat CotaiArena™ is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100
Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment
destination in southern China,
hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards
shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their
1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious
entertainment venues in greater China.
Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage
items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and
exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in
bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a
luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.
650-seat Sands Macao Hotel theatre regularly features internationally-renowned
singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional
Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to
contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.
an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is
ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.
more information, please visit www.cotaiticketing.com.