At 40 years old, middleweight Cung Le is one of the oldest fighters on the UFC roster despite only having ten professional tilts to his credit. Le came to MMA late in life after tearing up the San Shou scene, finding immediate success in the sport under the Strikeforce banner before signing to test his talents inside the Octagon late last year.
Perhaps that lack of wear and tear has influenced the decision, but it appears Le’s November 10 bout with Rich Franklin at UFC on Fuel 6 won’t be his last inside the Octagon no matter how things unfold.
“I’m 40 years old. I know I won’t be fighting until I’m 50, but I (also) know that I’ve got a couple more good fights left in me,” said Le in an interview with Bloody Elbow.
While Le wants to keep competing for as long as possible, he also made it clear he isn’t willing to do so if it means crossing the line into TRT territory. A number of notable fighters younger than Le have started subscribing to testosterone use to help prolong their careers, though fans won’t see the scintillating striker among them at any point down the road.
“I feel that if other athletes have low levels, and a doctor prescribes it, then that’s their decision to make. My decision is that I’ve gone this far without it, so I just want to finish out my career without the use of it,” explained Le. “I’ve gone this far without assistance, so why mess with a good thing? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Le is 8-2 in MMA including seven wins by way of strike-based stoppage. His only decision to date came this past July where he outpointed Patrick Cote to pick up his first UFC victory.
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