Cung Le knows his upcoming bout with Wanderlei Silva will go a long way in determining just what is left in his 39-year-old body.
Le-Silva is the co-main event for the November 19 UFC 139 card, set to take place in Le’s backyard of San Jose, California. In fact, all eight of Le’s (7-1) professional MMA fights have taken place in San Jose.
For Le, an opponent like “The Axe Murderer” is very dangerous, despite the fact that he is coming off of three losses in his last four bouts, including two by knockout.
“He’s kind of like a warrior that has his back against the wall,” said Le, in an interview with MMAWeekly.com recently. “A lot of times, that’s more dangerous…Wanderlei is not ready to retire. He’s gonna be more dangerous, he’s gonna come and fight a lot harder. He chooses to step in the cage and so do I.”
Many have questioned Le’s interest in his MMA career, as hasn’t fought since 2010. Le’s also taken several breaks from training and competing to film roles in movies. Silva’s abilities to still compete have also been questioned, with “experts” calling for his retirement.
“It takes a lot to be a fighter, it takes a lot to step inside the cage and for people to say certain things that they don’t know about, it’s kind of disrespectful,” Le said. “There’s plenty of keyboard warriors out there that think they know it all and they never respect a minute doing what we do.”