Though it may feel like it has been forever since Cung Le was seen in a cage, the dynamic middleweight has actually fought more recently than Rashad Evans. However, with only a trio of fights to his name since 2008 questions remain on whether Le will ever return to the ring or if the 39-year old has given up Mixed Martial Arts for a budding film career.
Now fans have an answer.
The issue was addressed by Le in a recent conversation with MMAWeekly where he stamped his future in fighting with an “if” related to a fairly big requirement.
“I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC,” began the stand-up artist with the striking skills to paint the Sistine Chapel. “I would love to fight in San Jose for the UFC and for Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta).”
UFC 139 is rumored to be taking place on November 19 in the familiar stomping ground of Le’s current employer with a headlining bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
Le made it clear he meant no disrespect to Strikeforce, the organization all eight of his MMA fights have occurred in, but was ready to finish his career on the sport’s biggest stage. He also appeared at ease with his decision regardless of how the future unfolds.
“If it happens, great, I’m training right now,” said the 7-1 former champion. “If it doesn’t, I’m going to be in good shape for my next movie.”
A decorated, undefeated San Shou kickboxer as well, Le has stopped all seven of the opponents he’s beaten in Strikeforce with strikes including wins over Frank Shamrock and most recently Scott Smith in mid-2010.
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