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Scott Coker certain Cung Le’s next fight will come in Strikeforce

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.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    Cung makes entertaining fights, but i dont see his MMA career as anything other than entertainment. That said it is entertainment i enjoy and will keep on watching.
    I wanna see Cung vs Schlemenko vs Siver tournement, it’d be a veritible feast of spinning shit

  • Angry Mike says:

    I’d like to see Le fight again, especially in the UFC. If he’s serious about fighting, though, it couldn’t be something he squeezed in between movie projects. He’s talented, but I don’t think anybody could be competitive against top tier fighters in the UFC on a part time basis or as a hobbyist.

  • MCM says:

    Chris Lytle, Shane Carwin, and Jake Ellenberger all had/have day jobs.

    But I get your point Angry Mike. But if Cung did dedicate himself to MMA, I think he could have a good 5 or 6 years ahead of him. I know he’s 39 but he’s not like a Big Nog 39. Like Randy (and unlike most MMA fighters), he didn’t take a ton of punishment in his 20’s and is still competitive because of it.
    Will he fight for UFC gold? No. Will most of us pay to see him fight Belcher, Aikiama, or Leben? Hell yes.

  • BigDave says:

    Another pushing 40 year old. Why are we even having this conversation. Cung Le is a average fighter at best and a horrible actor. MCM every guy you just named would destroy Le in the first round I have less then zero intrest in seeing him fight or act.

  • I would love to see Le fight any of those three guys…….if the first two destroyed him quickly no need to continue, but it would still be awesome.

    and scott coker most not be listening, or he’s in denial

  • hindsightufuk says:

    bigdave,even though you havent got the interest in seeing those fights, doesnt mean a few hundred thousand other people wouldnt watch it, i sure as shit would

  • MCM says:

    Just read that Jardine is dropping to MW and wants Cung Le. I think Cung should take the fight. If he can’t get passed Jardine, or at least be competitive, then there’s no way he should be in the UFC.


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