MMA veteran Cung Le revealed his desire to compete at UFC 139 in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. Le, who started his combative sports career as a San Shou fighter, transitioned nicely into MMA, winning seven of his eight professional fights. With the UFC’s recent signing of former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, Le is hoping he’ll be able to work out something similar with the promotion.
“I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC.” Le said in his interview with MMAWeekly.com. “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]).”
After going undefeated in his professional San Shou career and winning multiple championships along the way, Le decided to give MMA a try. Le transitioned nicely into the sport of MMA, earning a title shot in five fights. Le has dominated every MMA fighter he has faced in the cage, including Scott Smith who handed him the only loss in his professional combat sports career.
It makes a lot of sense for the UFC to sign Le, given how entertaining the Vietnamese-American San Shou fighter has been in his MMA career. Le’s middleweight title fight against Frank Shamrock in 2008 was one of the best MMA fights ever put together by the Strikeforce promotion. Some MMA fans would even like to see a super-fight between Le and the UFC’s current middleweight champion Anderson Silva at some point, even though the fight favors the champ.
Realistically, Le only has a few more years left in his MMA career, given the fact he’s already 39 years old. The UFC would be wise to sign him now, and add another big-name MMA fighter to their roster.