San Shou fighting expert Cung Le plans to return to the UFC in 2014, after taking a year off.
At 42, Le is nearing the end of his mixed martial arts career, but says he still has a lot of life left in him. Le, 9-2, debuted in the UFC in 2010, after enjoying a successful career in Strikeforce, where he reigned as Strikeforce welterweight champion after TKOing Frank Shamrock.
“I plan to be back this year – 2014, baby,” Le told MMA Junkie Friday in Singapore. “I’m going to come back and throw my spinning wheel kicks and spinning back kicks and get them throws back on the map again. So don’t worry. I’ll be back.
Le is perhaps one of the sport’s most devastating strikers. His karate style, flamboyant and flashy kicks and willingness to engage in stand-up battles has earned him a reputation as an exciting fighter who can knock any fighter out with one kick.
Le last year served as a consultant on “The Ultimate Fighter: China.” Le debuted in the UFC against Wanderlei Silva. The two fighters waged war, with Le almost pulling off an upset knockout. Silva, however, rallied and KO’d Le. Le, however, gained a lot of respect in the fight for this kicking and wicked striking style.
He bounced back with a decision victory over Patrick Cote, and then stunned the world with an incredible first-round knockout of legend Rich Franklin.
Le started in MMA at the age of 35, raising questions about how good he would have been had he entered the cage earlier in his career. Le has also fought irregularly, choosing to start in a few Hollywood films in recent years.
Le said he wants to fight either Michael Bisping or have a rematch with Silva.
“I would love to fight Michael Bisping,” Le told MMA Junkie. “One, he loves to fight. He comes to fight, and I come to fight, and I think that would just be a great fight for the fans. I’m open, but that will be top on the list.”