Cung Le itching for a rematch with Wanderlei Silva

Cung Le—the movie star, kickboxing legend and former Strikeforce middleweight champion—is not yet done at the octagon.

In a recent visit to the Philippines as part of his 16-day promotional tour for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the 42-year-old fighter professed his fervent desire for a rematch with Wanderlei Silva.

And he told a select group of MMA writers that he preferred it to happen in Manila—if only he can have his way.

“I want to get back here. Maybe fight or just meet my Filipino fans. I want a rematch with Silva and it would be an honor if it would be held here in Manila,” Cung said on Thursday when he graced the launching of ABS-CBN’s newest channel Sports+Action at the Friday’s Restaurant in Glorietta, Makati.

ABS-CBN is the broadcast partner of the UFC in the Philippines.

Mark Fischer, UFC’s Managing Director for Asia, is planning to put Le in a co-main event in UFC Macau in August.

While thanking the UFC for another opportunity to be up in the cage again, Le initially requested for a three-rounder event, hopefully in Manila if ever the plan pushes through.

But Le was quick to point out that the UFC will have the last say and if he has to fight in five rounds, so be it.

“Even if I have to fight in the co-main event with Mark Muñoz in the card, I’d gladly come here,” said Le, who was in his final stop of a 16-day promotional tour for UFC.

He had just concluded a major stint in China as chief coach of UFC’s reality show The Ultimate Fighter: China, which will be shown on ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Balls Channel later this month.

Cung is one of the most exciting fighters in MMA. While he is an accomplished wrestler and intelligent grappler, he prefers to fight standing and let those booming kicks loose.

A former Srikeforce middleweight champion, Le stood as the slight favorite coming into his showdown with Silva. But the rust of a more than-a -year layoff due to movie commitments obviously did Le in. Le showed flashes of his old brilliance, but Silva eventually won the fight via stoppage in the second round.

“I was coming from injury when I battled Silva. Now, I’m 100 percent healthy and I’m ready to fight again whoever they put in front of me. A rematch with Silva would be better,” said Le.

Le’s last appearance in the octagon was more than a year ago at UFC Macau, where he knocked out former UFC champion Rich Franklin with a huge right hook, improving his UFC record to 2 -1 win-loss card. His other win came at the expense of Patrick Cote with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 148 in July, 2012.

His overall MMA record stands at 9-2.

Following his commitments to TUF: China, Le then went on a promo tour of various Asian cities before going back home to California for the much-needed rest.

So what’s next for Cung Le? It could be a three-round fight in the octagon and how he wished it would be against Silva.


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