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Old 08-14-2008, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Strikeforce anticipates early 2009 return for champ Cung Le

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Strikeforce anticipates early 2009 return for champ Cung Le
by Dann Stupp on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm ET
Soon after his grueling upset TKO victory over Frank Shamrock to win the Strikeforce world middleweight title, Cung Le announced that he planned to take some time off from competition.

Le, who pushed his career mark to 6-0 with that third-round TKO victory in March, will now test his acting chops. Strikeforce officials expect his return and first title defense sometime in early 2009.

"He deserves it," Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of Le's time off. "He deserves the time to do that, as long as he comes back in shape."

Le, an undefeated San Shou and K-1 kickboxer who made the transition into MMA in early 2006, stars in the soon-to-be-released "Fighting," which will be his silver-screen debut. Le was also recently cast as "Marshall Law" in the Hollywood adaptation of the hit video game franchise, Tekken, which is slated for release next year.

Le also has roles in the science-fiction/action flick "Pandorum" as well as "The Take Down," two movies that will also be released in 2009.

"It's good for us, having a movie star as a champion," Afromowitz said. "As long he continues training, it helps our league with him the face of the organization. We try to support those types of things with our fighters."

Le previously appeared in a few independent movies and an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" prior to his current gigs.

As for Le's return, there's always the potential for a rematch with Shamrock. Strikeforce officials know it's a bankable fight -- the first meeting produced 15,192 attendees for a solid $1.1 million gate -- with arguably the organization's two biggest stars.

Additionally, Strikeforce officials have big expectations for recent signee and PRIDE veteran Kazuo Misaki, who meets Joe Riggs next month at Strikeforce's Playboy Mansion event. The winner will be an immediate contender, though Riggs recently stated that he plans to drop to welterweight after the fight.

However, other options could come from outside the organization. Strikeforce and EliteXC have co-promoted in the past (including the first Shamrock vs. Le event), and the partner promotion could offer Le the chance to fight EliteXC middleweight champ Robbie Lawler or contenders such as Joey Villasenor, Murilo "Ninja" Rua and Scott Smith.

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Sweet- I can't wait to see Cung back in action.
I'd take Ninja or Lawler though I wouldn't mind seeing the Shamrock rematch(provided he fought a different fight but you never know).
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Le vs Lawler would be awesome
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Le vs lawler make it happen and id hope to see les head land in the front row due to vicious ko
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Le vs. Villasenor would be the fight I want to see. Cung Le was given the gift of a stand-up only fight by Shamrock. Shamrock deserved to be defeated for being an idiot showman. Villasenor has superb boxing for an mma guy and Le wouldn't do any of that bullcrap San Shou tackle. If he did, he would actually have to contend with a guy who would keep it on the ground and destroy him (ala David Louzo(sp?).

I hate CUng Le. He's the type of fighter who will retire from MMA before he gets a worthy opponent. Didn't he invent San Shou-stupidest fight game in the world.
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what the hell does this guy only figth 2 - 3 fights a year
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what the hell does this guy only figth 2 - 3 fights a year
Yes, like everyone else.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what the hell does this guy only figth 2 - 3 fights a year

2 main reasons though one is better than the other- he's been filming two different movies- one being Tekken.

The other legit reason was that he needed to heal up a nagging injury(I think an elbow thingy though I'm not 100%) and it may have required some clean up surgery. He wanted to take a break before the Shamrock fight but he was offered that fight so he knew he couldn't pass it up so he fought and delayed his rest up.
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