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Cung Le Planning Extended Break, But Not Heading For Retirement Yet

Cung Le knows that his future isn’t as open as it once was in the world of MMA. However, following a knockout of former UFC champion Rich Franklin, Le isn’t ready to close that window completely.

Le caught Franklin with a huge right hand Saturday in China at UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le, flooring “Ace” and earning his second UFC victory. At 40 years old, the question of retirement is a constant one Le must field.

“I love to do mixed martial arts. I love to compete. If I can do it as long as I live, I’ll do it,” Le said. “But I know my clock is ticking, so I am just doing my best. I definitely want to take a little vacation before I start training to let my body heal up.”

Le defeated Patrick Cote earlier this year, and entered the post-fight press conference in a wheelchair. However, when UFC president Dana White made mention of the UFC’s first-ever trip to China, Le pushed himself to heal up and return to action quicker than he typically does.

As for the blow that dropped Franklin, Le called it a “money punch. I was just so thankful to be here in China in the first UFC fight.”