After struggling during his UFC debut, getting knocked out by Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139, former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Cung Le, came back with a vengeance.
He secured a unanimous decision against Patrick Côté when he returned to the Octagon, then he reminded MMA fans how dangerous his strikes can be, knocking Rich Franklin out cold at “UFC on Fuel TV 6.”
With two wins in the UFC under his belt, Le now looks for a third, and he seems to have narrowed down his list to Michael Bisping. Unfortunately for Le, he isn’t the only one interested in squaring up against Bisping, as Luke Rockhold and Constantinos Philippou have also expressed their desire to test their skills against “The Ultimate Fighter” season three alumni.
“That [fighting Bisping] would be a great fight for the fans,” Le said during an interview with ESPN. “That would be a big fight. But I’m not the one to make that decision. Whether I’m at the top of that list for the fight or on the bottom, it ultimately comes down to who Joe Silva and the UFC decide we fight.”
Le (9-2-0, 8 KOs) showing interest in a fight against Bisping (24-5-0, 14 KOs) isn’t that surprising, considering the fact the brash Brit is one of the more favorable matchups available for Cung right now. Like the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Bisping also prefers to strike, meaning Le probably won’t have to spend much time sprawling if the two end up meeting inside the Octagon.
If Bisping decides to switch things up and tries to put Le on his back, Le’s takedown defense is good enough to ensure the fight remains standing.
Thus, it’s pretty much guaranteed that a Le vs. Bisping fight would turn into an entertaining standup battle.
Then there’s the fact Bisping is currently ranked fourth on the UFC’s official middleweight rankings, meaning Le will take a giant step towards the division’s title if he emerges the victor of an encounter between the two.
Bisping also likes the idea of fighting Le next.
“Of those three, Cung Le would be the most attractive,” Bisping said about potential opponents. “He’s on a two-fight win streak. He just knocked out Rich Franklin. So I would fight him.”