Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has been out of action since June of 2010 and currently has no prospective return date for MMA competition.
An accomplished kickboxer and Sanshou expert, Le has taken time away from the sport to focus on his busy movie career and hasn’t appeared to be in any rush to return to the cage. Though many have predicted that the 39-year-old is done with MMA, Le recently spoke with MMAWeekly.com and explained that he’s open to the idea of competing again — as long as it’s in the UFC.
“I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC,” Le said of returning to action. “I’ve never fought in the UFC, but I would love to fight in the UFC. But right now because of my contract with Showtime and Strikeforce — hopefully things can work out because there is a show in San Jose that Cain Velasquez is the main event. I would love to fight in San Jose for the UFC and for Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta).”
All eight of Le’s professional MMA bouts have taken place in Strikeforce and because of that, the flashy striker still feels loyalty to the promotion, he just wants to compete on the sport’s biggest stage while he still has the time.
“I love Strikeforce, I came through Strikeforce, but I’ve given Strikeforce eight awesome fights,” said Le. “I feel if I could, if they allow me, I would love to give UFC and UFC fans some great fights. If that’s possible. I hope it is; if not, I’m sorry.”
Le last appeared in action at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum, where he defeated Scott Smith via second round knockout in a rematch of a previous bout where Smith handed Le his only career loss.