Cung Le Unsure About His Future: “I Know My Clock Is Ticking”

November 10, 2012
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Once upon a time, Cung Le said his dream was just to get the chance to compete inside the UFC Octagon.

Now with a 2-1 record including Saturday’s one-punch knockout of former middleweight champion Rich Franklin, Le has done more than just “compete” – he’s winning fights in a big way.

“It’s like a dream, I feel like I’m in a dream right now,” Le said to Fuel TV after the knockout victory.

Explaining the set up for Franklin’s inevitable doom, Le says it all came down to timing, and knowing what his opponent was looking for and how to land the perfect counter strike.

“I just saw him timing my kicks, so I waited for him to punch, I threw that overhand right and got lucky and caught him,” said Le.

As modest as can be, Le says “lucky punch” when in reality it was a well timed, devastating right hand with so much torque that it left Franklin laying face down on the mat wondering what just happened.

The knockout almost assuredly guarantees Le another fight inside the Octagon if he wants one, but now that becomes the biggest question of all…does Cung Le want to keep on fighting?

“I love to do martial arts, I love to compete, and if I can do it as long as I live I’d do it, but I know my clock is ticking, so I’m doing my best,” Le stated.

“I definitely want to take a little vacation before I start up training again, let my body heal up, my foot completely heal.”

At 40 years of age, Le has a successful martial arts career as well as a growing acting career that most recently saw him land a major role in the film “The Man With the Iron Fists”.

Will Le be coaxed back into the cage again or has he thrown his final punch in the UFC?

  • I have always been a BIG fan of Le and I’m glad he made it to UFC, IF Le can hold on for a little longer he can go for the Belt, then retire…. Even though his of age he is at his best!!! and that makes him very dangerous and a Top contender.. Go for it Le!! I know you have the Drive and Spirit…

  • Glassjaw11

    Love watching this guy fight, win or lose. Would love to see him fight the loser or winner of Bisping vs Belfort. That or a guy like Leben, Lombard, or Stann. I think all of those could be fun fights.

    • thewhitewonder

      No way Le has to fight a striker, seeing him held on the ground for three rounds wouldn’t be fun to watch at all…

      • Glassjaw11

        Which one doesn’t just stand there and strike……pretty sure they all do with the exception of Lombard occasionally using his judo….certainly didn’t happen last fight….lol

  • Jokohaka

    i hope he will fight leben later

  • disqus_1vlWNfdPOM

    Whats he talking about he waited for Rich to punch? He threw the right hand off Franklin’s outside leg kick. Maybe it all happened too quick for him to remember. Either way, great instincts, and great punch.

  • Joe

    I’d love to see him fight Stephen Thompson.