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Old 01-11-2013, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cung Le Plotting UFC Return

Cung Le Plotting UFC Return, Says He Still Has Some Fights Left in Him
Posted on January 11, 2013 by Damon Martin


Coming off the biggest win of his career at UFC on Fuel TV 6 in China, there were a lot of questions whether main event winner Cung Le would return to fighting or not.

At 40 years of age, Le has spent most of his adult life in or around some form of martial arts, but with a burgeoning movie career that included a major role in the film The Man with the Iron Fists, which was released last year, many wondered if MMA was still in his future.

Now just two months removed from his epic knockout over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, it appears Cung Le has plenty of fight left in him.

I feel like Ive still got some fights left in me, so Im not going to retire right away, Le told MMAWeekly.com. I felt like a performance like that and I know some people were saying I was starting slow, its like hello its a five-round fight, Im going to pace myself, but at the same time I know when to explode and I know when to pace myself.

Le definitely knew when to explode because he landed one of the nastiest one-punch knockouts in UFC history when he put Franklin away during their main event bout in China.

Following the fight, Le headed home to California where he ended up undergoing two elbow surgeries to remove bone spurs from his arm.

Right after I came back from the media tour in China to promote the fight, like a bone chip must have fell into the crease in my arm because it was locking up. So I went to the doctor and they did a 3-D x-ray and they saw a bunch of bone spurs. He went in there and cleaned up as much as he could so I was able to still fight, said Le.

That was six weeks before my fight against Rich (Franklin). Then after the fight just training and during the fight when I was throwing punches, I felt something weird in my arm. I threw with everything I had and when I followed through I felt something weird in my elbow and then the same thing happened where a bone chip must have slipped down there and my arm started locking up.

The key for Le right now is making sure that he heals up correctly before heading back into full training or sparring to get ready for a fight again.

Doctors have explained it will take about six to eight weeks following the elbow surgery before hes allowed to get back into full training mode, but Le admits its hard to stay out of the gym, so hes still doing cardio and whatever he can that wont put stress on his arm.

Im going to make sure I heal right this time because I think getting into Macao after hurting my foot really bad, and I did have some elbow problems leading up to that fight. Im just glad I got two big wins in the UFC, and as soon as I heal up I think Im going to be gearing up again, Le stated.

There is no specific timeline for Les next fight in the UFC, but hes definitely coming back and there are plenty of middleweights that could welcome him when he returns.

It takes a little bit longer to heal. Im 40 years old, Le joked. But I want to make a proper rehab and well take it from there.



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Old 01-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Read this earlier. I like Cung and the dude should definently continue. He slipped up with Wand, but he just got joint KOTY over a solid opponent. If Cung could get a few wins together, theres actually a chance he could fight for the title after that win.
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I like Cung as well and would like to see him fight again, but I don't think he breaks the top 5 unless he gets really really good opponents style wise.
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Not sure he ever makes title run but there are some fun fights out there to watch him in. I hope he fights a couple more times.
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It would be difficult but possible. Daniel Safarian (if he wins), Costa Phillipou, Mark Munoz. I think he could win those fights and that would be 5 in a row with one KOTY, so it'd probably warrent a title shot. Imagine Cung Vs Lombard though? Poor guy would die.
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Toss him in there with Stann. I wouldn't mind seeing that.
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Yeah that would be another good one. Over Sarafian in my line up.
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It would be difficult but possible. Daniel Safarian (if he wins), Costa Phillipou, Mark Munoz. I think he could win those fights and that would be 5 in a row with one KOTY, so it'd probably warrent a title shot. Imagine Cung Vs Lombard though? Poor guy would die.
i dunno dude, in a stand up war you cant count out Le at all with his range of moves and power. I would think Stann might put him on his back and make it very hard for him
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