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Cung Le Announces Retirement from MMA

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When Cung Le asked to be released from his UFC contract in December, many wondered if he would move on to find a new organization. Announced today by manager Gary Ibara, Cung Le has decided to retire from professional MMA competition. However, Ibara stated that Le left open a possible return to professional kickboxing as he did prior to 2006.

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Cung Le received a one-year suspension in September for a positive post-fight drug test after Fight Night 58. The sentence was eventually overturned when the testing protocols were questioned and the results proved inconclusive. Since then, Le was announced as one of the three plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against the UFC while still listed an active fighter on the organization’s roster at the time.

While the possibility for Le’s return to kickboxing remains, it’s most likely that Cung Le will return to the big screen before the ring. He has been in major roles as an actor and choreographer, most recently appearing in “Puncture Wounds” in July of 2014. Read Cung Le’s full statement on his retirement below.

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After several months of thought and discussion with my wife and family we realize our future includes many things, but active competition in mixed martial arts is no longer one of them therefore I am officially announcing my retirement from active competition. Fighting will never be far from my heart and martial arts will always continue to be a part of my daily life. I have thoroughly enjoyed the career that I have been blessed with due in large part to all my fans and the many people who have helped me on my journey.

I want to personally thank my wife, Suzanne, my three Little Ninjas, my Mother, Sister and the rest of my incredible family for their support, prayers and inspiration. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank Scott Coker for his long-time friendship and support of my career, Gary Ibarra for your tenacity, to Khoa Do for everything, Scott Sheeley, you know, and to Jane Estioko, thank you for your loyalty. I’d also like to thank all of my past and present USH Team Family members, I am grateful for every round.

I’d like to recognize the UFC for the opportunity they have provided me, the sport of mixed martial arts, and more importantly the fans who love it, you will never be far from my heart. It has truly been my honor and my privilege to entertain you.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.