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What Cung Le’s been up to

The last time Cung Le took a break from fighting to act, he got himself into a couple decent flicks: he had a small part in the C-Tate movie Fighting, became mutant fodder in the sci-fi movie Pandorum, and was Marshall Law in the so awful it’s awesome Tekken movie. Oh, and he was in a badass kung fu scene with Donnie Yen.

Two fights with Scott Smith later, and he’s back to the Hollywood of China – Hong Kong – to make a bunch more movies. Will he return to the Strikeforce cage now that Zuffa owns it? MMA Fighting takes a look at his current production schedule:

Le (7-1) currently has three movies in various stages of production: “Dragon Eyes,” with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Peter Weller; “The Man with the Iron Fists,” with Russell Crowe; and “The Grandmasters,” with Ziyi Zhang. In “Dragon Eyes,” Le has the starring role in a film overseen by legendary Hollywood producer Joel Silver. It’s all part of a booming new career for the flashy kickboxer turned mixed martial artist.

That busy schedule doesn’t seem to leave much room for the grind of a 6-to-8 week fight camp, but Coker is hopeful that Le will come back into the fold for at least one more match.

“He’s doing very well with the Hong Kong and Chinese film markets, as well as some projects in America,” he said. “So it’s a scheduling thing. It’s going to be something that could happen. He’ll have to determine if he wants to, and if he has the time.”

Cung sounded open to a Spring / Summer fight back in October, but he better make up his mind soon because who knows how long Strikeforce is gonna be around. The second there’s a merge the 185 pound division goes from mostly aging sluggers with little wrestling or grappling to a killers row of bad motherfuckers.

  • G Funk says:

    Cung Le is a pretty boy and loves attention (He doesn’t shut the fuck up when he starts talking) he’s done in the cage. Though, I thought he was done before the Smith fights so who knows? If he does fight, it won’t be with intentions of being champ again. A shame he didn’t get into MMA sooner.

  • frickshun says:

    Is this an early April Fools post? WHO GIVES A FLYING KUNG FU FUCK ABOUT CUNG? He’s a low-level MMA guy who did a fantastic job using (YES USING) Strikeforce as a springboard to bigger paydays in the movie industry.

    Good for him. Let’s move on to dedicated mixed martial artists like Kimbo Slice & Gina Carano.

  • agentsmith says:

    He couldn’t take even Strikeforce’s top 185ers these days, let alone the UFC’s.

  • fightfan says:

    I dont really care how many movies he is doing. And from what I seen no one at his gym cares anymore. I watched an interview of Anythony Johnson in the past week. The chic asked him why he left his team and Cung’s gym. Johnson said when he went into Cung’s there were like 3 or 4 people in the entire gym…and they were all his teammates(former). When he asked why is it so empty, the answer he got was simply no one ever comes in here anymore.

    So I dont see Cung coming back…or IF he does, I am not interested in a near 40 yr old with 3 fight in last 3 yrs(and 2 to Smith) making a comeback. Not interested.

  • G Funk says:

    ^ Yes. Kinda like how no one is interested in what your opinion is.

  • fightfan says:

    Yeah I guess the 4 regulars are here today. Fine, fuck off. I’ll just stay at other sites. This site is done anyhow. You and the 3 regulars/posters/site operators/FL managers/full time commentators are usually the only ones here anyhow.

    I thought that is what the “comments” sections were for? To comment on the post and/or add any insight. But I guess I should of sent king dipshit- G asshammerfunk a private message and asked him if it was okay to say this. I should of asked him what his opinion was before ever doing anything as fucking stupid as posting a comment to a FL post.

  • fightfan says:

    Everyone else basically said the same thing as me….but you had to tell me off? Why not tell the other posters that they are worthless and there opinion dont mean shit? Huh, cuntnugget?

  • Letibleu says:

    Holy shit someone is on the rag! Dude, chill the fuck out. If shit irritates you that much this site might not be the safest place to be for your seemingly delicate self esteem.

    Back to important things (or lack of). Kung Lee is probably the least motivated martial artist in this picture other than that fat guy in the middle (I am not confirming it’s a guy).

  • frickshun says:

    Ha!! FightFan wants to have a cripple fight w/G!!

    G–>WHY U BULLYING?????

  • matthewpolly says:

    The interesting question about Cung Le is if his Strikeforce fights, when he was their star and moneymaker, were almost as choreographed as his straight-to-video movies. Of course, the most recent accusation was made by Jared Shaw re: Frank v Cung, and he’s about as reliable as Japan’s nuclear industry. But $kala knows something about worked matches given the tomato cans, one with a bloated ear the size and pungency of a ripe tomato, that they regularly fed to Kimbo, before it all burst in their faces.

    My prediction: Cung Le doesn’t do it. He wasn’t UFC quality before he approached middle-age. And there is no upside. If he loses it hurts his film career. If he wins, people suspect the fix was in. Van Damme, Segal, Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee all put their trophies, such as they were, on a wall, and never looked back when Hollywood came calling. Cung Le should do the same, because anything Scott Coker sets up for him will at best be an exhibition match parading as a real one. And the great blessing of the UFC for our sport is that they don’t ever fake it. The same cannot be said for Strikeforce, EliteXC, or at times, Pride.

  • kwagnuth says:

     I am of the opinion that Cung Li can suck my fuckin balls.

  • matthewpolly says:

    Would you like some tea with that bag?

    Cung Le was a first rate wrestler and became a first rate Chinese san shou kickboxing fighter. He brought a different flavor from the typical American wrestler turned boxer or Brazilian jits-er turned Muay Thai-er (or vice-versa).

    San shou was my base, so I have soft spot for Cung Le. Plus, the rules of MMA have consistently tiled the sport towards more striking and less ground fighting, and thus it is always nice to see someone who is original on their feet as everyone trains with each other and the sport gets homogenized. We will see a lot more san shou, if the Chinese ever catch UFC fever and unleash their millions of fighters and trillions of US dollars upon MMA.

  • G Funk says:

    HAHAHA, memories Frick! I just had to poke him to see if it was still that easy.

  • CAP says:

    I can’t see the Frank/Cung fight as a work. Maybe an agreement to keep it standing. But most of all I think it was Franks ego that kept it standing.

    Cung just hasn’t looked all that good in his last few fights imo. I don’t see much left for him.

  • iamphoenix says:

    zomg fightfan. zomg. haha you are such a n00b.

    cung le is a bitch.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    wow fightfan must be on the rag or something… its a joke you unfunny homo.

    I like to watch cung le but i also like to watch Godzilla movies and shit thats on SyFy

  • P W says:

    “We will see a lot more san shou, if the Chinese ever catch UFC fever and unleash their millions of fighters and trillions of US dollars upon MMA.”

    The UFC isn’t making it easy for the Chinese fans by putting THE ONLY Chinese fighter’s fight on Facebook which is FUCKING BLOCKED IN CHINA! In terms of MMA retardation, that move is right up there with all the stupidest things Strikeforce has ever done.

  • scissors61 says:

    Didn’t they air the Zhang fight on over there in China? 

  • P W says:

    “Didn’t they air the Zhang fight on over there in China?”

    I never doublecheck facts before I go on a rant – it might turn out it’s totally unfounded!

  • matthewpolly says:

    Frank and Cung trained together. Frank knew exactly what Cung had on his feet.