When Cung Le spoke about his future in fighting a week ago he made it clear his interest in a return to the ring was contingent on an opportunity in the UFC with a specific focus on the promotion’s November 19 stop in San Jose where the dynamic striker resides. However, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, the 39-year old’s plan of taking to the Octagon is little more than wishful thinking.
“Cung is going to fight in Strikeforce,” Coker explained in a conversation with MMAJunkie after this past weekend’s “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” event while adding he hoped Le would agree to compete at a yet-to-be-announced December show.
“At some point, when we have more crossovers in the future…but right now, nothing’s changed,” Coker continued.
The news appears to have come as a surprise to Le himself who responded through his Twitter account by publicly agreeing with a fan who said staying in Strikeforce would be akin to wasting the rest of his career.
Le has only fought once a year since 2008 due to a growing film career with his last bout coming in June 2010 against Scott Smith where he stopped “Hands of Steel” with a kick to the body. Prior to the performance he’d gone 6-1 in MMA after an undefeated run as a kickboxer.
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