At the Strikeforce tournament this past Friday, Frank Shamrock accepted a challenge, issued by Cung Le, to finally meet Le in the cage. Le recently sat down with MMANews.com to discuss the match up:
Cung Le On His Upcoming Fight With Frank Shamrock:
Well I’m excited and I can’t wait. The only question now is when? Is Frank going to want to fight Renzo [Gracie] first or is he going to want to fight me first? I’m sure that he is going to want the fight with me to be on pay-per view so maybe he’ll want it in the second quarter of next year or even the end of the year. I believe the Strikeforce in March will be on pay-per view. I’m not too sure if Frank will be on that card though. I don’t know if we’ll do it with Pro-Elite or Showtime. I’m not too sure what the plans are right now.
Cung Le On His Injured Hand:
I just plan on taking some time off and I’ll maintain my conditioning and let my hand heal up a little bit. You know my last fight with Tony [Fryklund], I broke my knuckle and this time around my hand is sore from punching him in the head. I feel as if the gloves we use should have a little more padding. Three guys on my team that I teach have broken hands. One of the guys at AKA broke his hand a few weeks back. I know a lot of guys that are breaking their hands with those gloves so maybe they should add a little more padding.
Cung Le On Whether He’ll Wait For Shamrock If He Decides To Fight Renzo Gracie First:
I don’t know. It depends on what the promoter has in store for me. If a card comes up and they need me to fight I’m always in shape and I’m always ready to fight. I haven’t thought about who or when but I know there will be a Strikeforce in March and I’ll be ready to go. If Frank and I happen to fight I want to have some advance notice so I can prepare. It all comes down to negotiations with Frank. He pretty much is in control of this fight. He says he accepts my challenge – but when? When does he accept the challenge for? When is it going to happen? I’m sure Frank and I both think alike when it comes to business and the more time there is, the more there is to promote.
Cung Le On Frank Shamrock’s Head Games:
Frank can’t get into my head. When it comes down to it there is going to be no advantage in getting into my head. If he starts disrespecting me it is only going to elevate my game because I try to do all of my talking in the ring. The more he talks, the better I get. The only thing I have to say to him is – “Thank You Frank. Now let’s finally do this.”
To read the entire interview with much more from Cung Le, click here