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?