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.