Cung Le has consistently fought at the highest levels of combat sports during his entire career. From kickboxing to mixed martial arts, he has never refrained from shooting for the top.
A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Le has never set foot in the UFC’s Octagon, but it is something that he would like to do. In fact, it’s the final frontier for Le, who told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview, that it’s basically the UFC or bust for him and his fighting career.
“I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC. I’ve never fought in the UFC, but I would love to fight in the UFC. But right now because of my contract with Showtime and Strikeforce, hopefully things can work out because there is a show in San Jose that Cain Velasquez is the main event. I would love to fight in San Jose for the UFC and for Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta),” said Le.
The event he is referring to is UFC 139, which is slated for Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif. Velasquez, the UFC heavyweight champion, returns from the sidelines there to defend his belt against Junior dos Santos. Le trains alongside Velasquez at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.
But Le has also been busy making feature films lately. In fact, he is preparing for the release of his latest film, “Dragon Eyes,” in which he stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The UFC has only brought one fighter over from Strikeforce since its parent company, Zuffa, acquired the California-based promotion. That fighter is Nick Diaz, who relinquished his Strikeforce welterweight championship to sign a UFC contract to fight Georges St-Pierre for his title on Oct. 29 at UFC 137.
Company president Dana White has repeatedly stated that Strikeforce has a contract with Showtime, and that the UFC can’t just raid the promotion’s roster to take all the top talent to the Octagon. If that ends up being the case for Cung Le, then so be it, he has a fallback plan.
“If it happens, great, I’m training right now,” Le said. “If it doesn’t, I’m going to be in good shape for my next movie.”
Although he’s not appreciative of his time fighting for Strikeforce, but fighting for the UFC appears to be a deal breaker for the former San Shou champion’s fighting career.
“I love Strikeforce, I came through Strikeforce, but I’ve given Strikeforce eight awesome fights,” said Le. “I feel if I could, if they allow me, I would to give UFC and UFC fans some great fights. If that’s possible, I hope it is; if not, I’m sorry.”
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