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Cung Le: “I have a few fights left in me.”

Cung Le v Patrick Cote - UFC 148UFC middleweight Cung Le is one of the very few fighters who can lay claim to calling the world’s foremost MMA promotion home despite being 40. While Le has dealt with some injury issues over the past year, the damage he’s sustained came in successful clashes over Patrick Cote and Rich Franklin, putting Le in a position of returning to the Octagon with his head held high whenever he chooses to do so.

Le understands his days in the sport are numbered given his physical limitations, plus he has a number of other career options at his disposal, but he’s not ready to walk away just yet.

“I have a few fights left in me, but I’m just taking it one day at a time and enjoying a little time off. I’m just doing what I love to do,” said Le in an interview with Fightline.

As far as his next fight, the 9-2 striker was recently brought up in connection with a potential clash against champion Anderson Silva. However, UFC President Dana White quickly dismissed the notion, making Le’s future a bit murkier. Of course, that’s fine with the former Strikeforce title-holder who is happy to face any opponent the UFC throws his way.

“I wasn’t thinking much about it until my name got thrown in the hat. For me, being a martial artist and always wanting to challenge myself, that would be one of the greatest challenges of my career and probably my life if it ever happened,” explained Le of Silva, moving on to the topic of other adversaries. “I’m not one of those guys who is like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to fight him, I’ve got to fight him, I’ve got to fight him.’ I’ve got nothing to prove to anyone, I just like to compete. I compete for myself and the fans. Whoever it is, I go out there and do my best. It’s just who they put me against.”

Le is currently healing up from an elbow injury stemming from a knockout win over Franklin last November. He got surgery to correct the issue in December and could be back by late summer if all goes according to plan.


  • trupert says:

    Hmm, He fought Wandy, Franklin, Cote, and Weidman has Spider, Rockhold has Belfort…..who does leave? He could fight Souza, Kennedy or Larkin? They are coming off wins and ranked high enough to qualify, right? Then again, if they do Spider vs Weidman, then the winner of Lombard vs Okami will be looking for someone to fight come summer time.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Le is a talented striker, but I don’t think he ever completely committed to fighting. He took time off for movies, and hasn’t always been in top shape, slowing down in the second and third rounds. If he’d completely focused on the sport, he could’ve been one of the top fighters in his weight class.

  • MCM says:

    Phillipou is available and about the right spot in the rankings and it’d be a good stand up fight IMO.


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