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Rumor of the Day: Vitor Belfort vs. Cung Le Set for UFC 139 *UPDATE*


An “expect a knockout, bro” joke may be cliche, but would you rather us put “Business as usual, You Guys” in the headline?

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that we’re supposed to be pretending that Strikeforce isn’t a dead company, and is by no means being absorbed by the UFC. Cincinnati is practically dead, despite the fact that the Strikeforce Grand Prix resumes there tonight. Strikeforce fighters are beginning to speak out about the lack of promotion that the UFC gives Strikeforce events. Strikeforce’s own champions have their next fights booked with the UFC. So today’s rumored fight isn’t so much of a surprise in the sense that another top Strikeforce fighter has reportedly been absorbed into the UFC, but rather, in the sense that we’re still going along with this “Strikeforce will continue to operate as a separate organization” thing.

In a statement released via his personal website, Vitor Belfort announced that he will be fighting Cung Le at UFC 139 in San Jose. The UFC has yet to confirm the signing of Cung Le, yet alone the announcement of this fight. Still, it appears that Vitor Belfort is already training for Le as his next opponent, as he has brought in Ray Sefo to help him train. Vitor tells fans to “Prepare to see the same dedication he takes to creating his fists the fastest in MMA to his powerful trunks.” I’m not quite sure what that means, but it sounds awesome.

Cung Le is 7-1 in MMA. His last fight, a second round knockout against Scott Smith, occurred at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum in June 2010. The victory avenged his only career defeat. Likewise, Vitor Belfort is coming off of a first round knockout over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133.

*UPDATE* Cung Le has confirmed this on his website. It’s either true, or an exceptional troll job by both men.

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dcmsm- September 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm
huge mismatch. I love cung le to death but he doesn't stand much of a chance here. I hope he proves me wrong though and doesn't get knocked out in 2 minutes
mcdolph- September 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm
bye bye strikeforce
pietaster- September 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm
The second he tries to get fancy, its gonna be knuckle sandwiches breakfest, lunch, and dinner!
Evan Tanner- September 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm
I guess Dana really does decide when you retire, cuz I dont think Cung Le is gonna remember his kids names after this fight
RaginAsian- September 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Good grief, this match-up is inhumane. Dana must really hate Cung Le.
PERPATRAITOR- September 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Lol @ karma
djp1988- September 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm
#WarBelford
Vanillagorilla69- September 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Cung will get fancy and get speed bombed.
intercept440- September 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm
that would actually be a good fight to see. although i dont know if cung lee is even still fighting isnt he an "Actor" now? ahahahahahah..

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sorry anywho. cung really is a badass the scott smith one was of smiths lucky bombs he tends to throw that somehow got through, anyways....ide watch this fight if it were to ever materialize
magicman831- September 10, 2011 at 11:50 am
Cung lee is gonna get ktfo first round
Get Off Me- September 10, 2011 at 11:49 am
Cung best better overnight a postcard to Steven Seagal A.S.A.P.
Chonde- September 10, 2011 at 11:37 am
Oh sweet Jesus, Cung is getting knocked the F**K out in the first. Vitor is going to murder him. Should be awesome to watch.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 10, 2011 at 11:28 am
Vitor Rd 1 KO Strike to the back of the head!
blaphtome- September 10, 2011 at 11:25 am
Dear Baby Jesus....Please let it be true. The Phenom is just the man to put an end to all the Le nut-huggery.
mDino- September 10, 2011 at 11:19 am
Cung is done.
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