Cung Le former WEC (6-0) middleweight champion has finally come back to the cage just in time to close out the year. He will be facing Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith at the upcoming WEC Evoluion event on Dec. 19 – Here’s the low down on this fighter.
Cung Le is known for his accurate sniping strikes and fancy moves inside the ring. A Vietnamese American kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and actor from San Jose, California. He was the Strikeforce unbeaten Middleweight Champion before stepping down to further pursue his acting career (Pandorum, 2009).
Le made his mixed martial arts debut at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie on March 10, 2006, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, knocking out kickboxing rival Mike Altman at 3:51 of the first round. Three months later he faced KOTC veteran Brian Warren, knocking him out with a flurry of punches at 4:19 of the first round. At Strikeforce: Triple Threat on December 8, 2006, Le defeated Jason Von Flue in 0:43 when the fight had to be stopped due to a cut.
Le went on to fight the veteran Tony Fryklund who had just suffered a spectacular loss to Anderson Silva one year prior. Like Silva, Le beat Fryklund via KO late in the third round. Soon after Le fought Sammy Morgan at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. He utilized his throws to keep Morgan off and won the bout via TKO.
On March 29, 2008, Le defeated a long time MMA veteran Frank Shamrock in a fight co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Le won via TKO when Frank Shamrocks’ right arm was broken after a series of kicks (ulna broken), making him Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.
On September 17, 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that Le had relinquished his belt after securing another major motion picture deal. Le’s title now resides around the waist of Scott Smith.
Movie Career so far:
Cung Le will co-star in the live-action Tekken film, based upon the popular martial arts fighting game, as Marshall Law. The movie has already completed filming, and is set to be released in 2009. Le had supporting roles in the science fiction film Pandorum with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and Fighting, released in 2009 alongside Channing Tatum.