Cung Le has only ever known one elevation… the highest one.
He rose to the top of the kickboxing world before venturing into mixed martial arts, where he quickly ascended to the Strikeforce middleweight championship.
While he’s kept himself busy in the acting world of late, Le is back to the world of MMA. He will step into the Octagon for the first time when he faces former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139 on Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif.
“To be a part of the UFC is definitely a dream come true,” Le told MMAWeekly.com recently. Although his dream went in and out of focus briefly when original opponent Vitor Belfort had to drop out of the bout. Silva was quick to step in, however, keeping Le’s UFC debut date on the docket.
A lot of people have said that Le is getting an easier fight in his replacement. Silva has been on the skids lately, losing three of his last four bouts. Le is buying into that shell game.
“He’s kind of like a warrior that has his back on the wall. A lot of times that’s more dangerous,” Le said. “Wanderlei is not ready to retire. He’s gonna be more dangerous, he’s gonna come a lot harder.”
Most of the talk of an easier opponent comes from anonymous posters and apparitions that quickly vanish into the ether.
“It takes a lot to step inside the cage… there’s plenty of keyboard warriors out there that think they know it all and they never respect a minute the things we do.”