UFC fighter Cung Le said a yoga instructor “snuck under the radar” to get onto The Ultimate Fighter: China and that Le had to fix him with his gloves.
Le, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, serves as an on-camera mentor and adviser for the show.
He made these comments in a recent Q&A session, as transcribed by MMA Fighting.
“I’m not sure how many of you have seen the show, but some yoga instructor got through,” Le said. “That was not the UFC’s doing. I believe that was part of the TV show – he was from the hometown – and somehow that guy snuck under the radar.”
Le hinted that a coach then roughed up the yoga teacher.
“That was a decision I had to make. If you haven’t watched it, I won’t ruin it, but one of the coaches had to go and put a little hurt on him and let him feel what punches with four-ounce gloves feel like it.”
Le, 9-2, possesses some of the most devastating strikes in all of MMA. The San Shou expert is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, who defeated Frank Shamrock by breaking his arm to win the middleweight championship. Le then vacated the title to make movies. He returned to the sport, where he was knocked out by Scott Smith, a man he beat in a rematch.
The UFC brought Le over, and he engaged in a “Fight of The Night” against legend Wanderlei Silva. Le hurt Silva early in the fight with his wicked kicks, but Le tired and Silva rallied to knock to Le out with punches in the third round. Silva bloodied and broke Le’s nose during the fight.
Le is expected to return to the UFC cage in 2014.