Cung Le was asked about his fighting future this weekend by ESPN’s Chuck Mindenhall while in Toronto for Saturday night’s UFC 129 event and the former Strikeforce middleweight champion whose focus has been on acting as of late would not commit to whether or not he will compete again.
“I’m doing well right now being in the films,” Le said. “A lot of people are telling me, ‘you should just retire, you’re not going to fight.’ Other people are saying ‘you got to fight.’ You can’t make everybody happy.”
Le did say that if he decides to return to action fans shouldn’t expect to see him back in the cage this year as his dance card is already full.
With five films set for release in the next 365 days including the Eli Roth/RZA joint collaboration “The Man With the Iron Fists,” which stars Russell Crowe, the 39-year-old says that promoting the movies won’t leave him enough time to fit in a proper training camp.
With the UFC’s recent purchase of Strikeforceome fans and pundits have resurrected talk that, although it may be a few years past its best before date, a match-up with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva would have a certain level of intrigue surrounding it given both fighters’ penchant for flashy kicks and punches. Le, who once revealed to me that he was in talks to sign with the UFC before the deal fell through for whatever reason, said that he’s honored that people still think he is of the same calibre as “The Spider,” but pointed out that it would only happen if it made “dollars and cents.”
“I’m just honored to be brought up for the fight,” he said after UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre. “Anderson Silva is pound-for-pound the best fighter out there. I’m just honored, and I don’t know what else to say. For it to happen, just like Jerry Maguire said, ‘show me the money.’”