UFC middleweight Cung Le is making a comeback after an almost two year layoff from MMA this weekend, headlining UFC Fight Night against Michael Bisping.
After so many struggles with injuries (to both elbows and also his foot), Le described today how excited he is to be finally fighting in good health, following a camp he describes as “amazing.”
“For the (Patrick) Cote fight, and especially the Rich Franklin fight, we had to train around injuries,” Le admitted today to Great MMA Debate. “We couldn’t do the strength and conditioning we wanted. We couldn’t do the cardio we wanted.”
“Now, I feel like everything’s coming together,” he said. “I’m pretty happy… all I have to do it Cung Le the night of the fight and everything will fall into place.”
Le also addressed recent trash talk from Michael Bisping, who implied Le is returning to MMA because of a stalling acting career. (Le has more than a dozen acting credits on his resume.) “I just laugh,” Le smiled. “How does someone come up with that stuff?”
The Vietnam-born Le has enjoyed an excellent mixed martial arts career, with memorable victories over old favorites like Frank Shamrock and Rich Franklin. A decorated kickboxer and wrestler in his youth, Le struck championship gold with Strikeforce before a successful run with the UFC.
Back when he held the Strikeforce belt at middleweight, UFC champion Anderson Silva was at his most dominant. Some wanted to see the two in an inter-promotional match between two middleweight strikers.
Asked about the chance, with Silva making his UFC return next year, Le responded: “Of course. I would love to fight the legend. I look up to him. It’d be an honor to fight him, definitely.”
“Hopefully one day soon,” he added. “We’re not getting any younger!”