After losing his Octagon debut to Wanderlei Silva then bouncing back with a unanimous decision victory over Patrick Cote that left him injured, the 40-year-old Sanshou specialist wasn’t sure where his future was headed. A dozen or so movie roles to his credit, Le could easily forgo the bumps and bruises and broken bones for a life in film.
He couldn’t, however, pass on the opportunity to headline the UFC’s first event in China. So he worked around his injury, returned to the Octagon early, and knocked out Franklin – a former UFC champion – inside of the first round.
That victory and some tweaks to his approach to training has inspired Le to keep fighting. That and speculation that UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and his camp wanted a bout with Le.
The Anderson Silva fight never materialized – the UFC had different plans for Silva, who faces Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July – but Le is chomping at the bit, ready to step back in the Octagon.
His one stipulation? The bigger, the better.
“Right now, it’s just one fight at a time,” Le answered recently when questioned about what is next for him. “If (a fight with Anderson Silva) does come up. If I keep my win streak on. Then I would be up for it. Other than that I want the super-mega fights.
“It was definitely fun being the main event in China and headlining for the first for UFC in China. I felt like if I did end on that note, it’d be great. But when you have a great performance like that, being injured … it all worked out good.”
No matter what happens, Le approaches his career, and his life, with a philosophical approach.
“Whatever the day brings, you just go with it.”
For now, Le continues to train, working around his injuries, while still strengthening the rest of his body and his overall game, preparing for the next “super-mega fight” that may be headed his way.