Le talks debuting in the UFC in exclusive interview
Cung Le is returning to the cage, but this time, it’ll be the Octagon.
The news was announced late this week that the former Strikeforce middleweight champion was signing with the most successful organization in the sport. He already has an opponent, UFC veteran Vitor Belfort, whom he’ll face in what will likely be the main event of UFC 139 in San Jose in November.
HeavyMMA caught up with the newest member of the UFC roster on Saturday night in Cincinnati.
“I’ll be in San Jose for UFC 139 and I’m fighting Vitor Belfort,” Le confirmed. “I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the UFC. I want to thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for the opportunity and I’m going to fight my heart out.”
While Le’s name has been thrown around for the past few years in potential dream match-ups for MMA fans, Belfort doesn’t care to acknowledge his status. In a recent interview, “The Phenom” made comments suggesting that he didn’t know who Le was or what he had accomplished.
Le addressed the issue.
“What Vitor says doesn’t bother me. He can talk all he wants. We’ll take care of business on November 19th. Let him talk. I don’t like to talk so he can do all the talking. I’ll let him have that job and we will work it out in San Jose. Vitor is very dangerous, but I’m very dangerous too. We have two dangerous guys in the ring and we are going to see which one of us is more dangerous.”
Le says his movie-making career is on hold for the time being.
“Every time I commit to something I always go 185%. Right now I’m not doing any movies and won’t while I prepare. There will be no distractions and I’m just going to focus on this fight.”
Le is a member of the American Kickboxing Academy team and that is where he will return to prepare for Belfort. On Saturday night, he was on hand to watch his AKA teammates go 4-0 on the Strikeforce card.
“My gym is Cung Le’s AKA. I’m part of the AKA team and I’m going to keep my training there. Everyone saw us tonight. We dominated and we won all of our fights on this card. I’m going to AKA to train smart, hard and make sure I stay injury free. I’m very proud of my teammates that fought tonight and it was just awesome to see.”
“I want to thank the fans for all of their support. I’m happy to be a part of the UFC now and I’m going to do my very best to entertain. If fans want to follow me on twitter I’m @CungLe185.”