Cung Le Fights Again at 42
With three fights left in his UFC contract, former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Cung Le has no plans of retiring at age 42.
Not Done Fighting
Last January, Le promised to throw his spinning wheel kicks and spinning back kicks again this year. That promise becomes a reality on August 23rd, when Le meets Michael Bisping in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, China.
Le had surgery on his right elbow after his sensational first round knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 148 way back in 2012. Le injured the elbow while throwing that picture perfect right hook that sent Franklin sprawling to the canvass at the 2:17 mark of the first round. Le has not fought since then.
Le was last seen coaching the TUF China which ended last March. With his coaching chores done, Le has vowed to fulfill the remaining three fights left in his UFC contract before calling it a career. But Le has said that he wants to fight “good fights.”
Beating the Count
Even before coaching TUF China, Le had already had Michael “The Count” Bisping on top of his list. Le says that a fight with Bisping would be great for the fans. Le says that like him, Bisping always comes out to fight. He added that it would be fun to watch and action-packed. But Le’s hidden motivation could be that fact that beating the Count would land him a top 10 ranking which he desperately needs if he wants a shot at the title before hanging up his gloves.
Fighting for Redemption
On the other hand, Bisping remains one of the UFC’s top draws despite being just 4-4 in his last eight bouts. In his eight year UFC career, he has not gotten a title fight despite being one of the most high profile middleweights in its roster.
Bisping came close to that when he fought Chael Sonnen in a middleweight title eliminator bout in 2012. He also lost in a similarly crucial bout against Vitor Belfort in Jan 2013. Bisping is coming off a five round unanimous decision loss to Tim Kennedy in the finale of The Ulitmate Fighter Nations. In that bout, Kennedy outwrestled Bisping in an ugly contest.
Against Le though, action is expected as both men are known martial artists who have exciting fighting styles. And although this is one bout that would have been dynamite four years ago, don’t count out these two exciting middleweights who are looking to turn back the clock for one final shot at glory in the octagon.
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