As the UFC becomes more and more popular, fighters are introduced to many other opportunities aside from fighting. One of which is starring in motion picture films, with the two men headlining UFC on Fuel TV 6 being prime examples of fighters turned movie stars.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rich Franklin is one half of the main event on Saturday and has appeared in several movies. Franklin held the UFC middleweight belt for over a year, but at this point, another title run is a bit out of reach. In fact, this will be the first time Franklin fights at middleweight since 2007. So as far as this fight is concerned, it won’t necessarily lift “Ace” into the upper echelon of the division.

On the other side is Cung Le, who has appeared in many movies over the last decade or so, including The Man with the Iron Fists, which was just released last week. Le defeated Patrick Cote by unanimous decision at UFC 148, but at 40 years old, Le is far past his prime. It’s hard to believe the former kickboxer will be competing much longer due to his successful film career and growing age. So it’s safe to say Le won’t be appearing on any top-10 lists.

Does this mean this fight is irrelevant?

Not necessarily, considering it will be the first time the UFC travels to China. But as far as the landscape of the bout, there’s nothing to get excited about. That’s not to say it won’t be a good fight, but it’s not one where fans are going to go out of their way to watch.

Since the event is in China, this means it will be televised live in the United States early in the morning, especially if you live on the West Coast. But the UFC made a good choice by having this fight in China, considering there isn’t a ton of hype behind it. It’s not like it’s a No. 1 contender fight. It’s a bout between two fighters hoping to show they still have what it takes to continue competing and keep their career going with a win. Most fans aren’t going to complain with an early start time. Since it’s not a key bout, fans can settle for seeing it hours later when the UFC reruns the event on Fuel TV that night.

Stylistically, this can turn out to be an exciting fight. Both men are solid strikers with knockout power and will be giving all they can to pull out another win to continue their career on a positive note. It’s a big fight for the two individuals and their fans, but for the casual UFC fan, this is one that won’t top the rating charts.

Franklin and Le are big names and are very popular, with large fan bases. The fight makes sense in every aspect, but if you’re looking for a fight to watch that has a major impact associated with it, this isn’t the one. My advice: sleep in throughout the morning and catch the later broadcast that will run at night.

Photo: Rich Franklin (L) faces off with Cung Le (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.