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Cung Le Could Be Headed for UFC’s Debut in China

Written by Tom Ngo
July 8th, 2012
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At 40 years of age, middleweight Cung Le (Pictured) most likely won’t be challenging for the title during his UFC career. However, Le will be performing when the Octagon takes its talents to China – that is if UFC president Dana White has anything to say about it.

After collecting his first win in the big leagues with a unanimous decision victory over Patrick Cote at UFC 148, Le was asked what his future plans were. While the decorated kickboxer had R&R on his mind, White had other plans.

“I’m just going to enjoy this win right now and just heal up and see what happens,” Le said at the post-fight press conference.

Le might be a Vietnamese-American who speaks perfectly fine English, White decided to step in and play translator.

“What he meant was, ‘I’m going to go back, get back in the gym, and I’d love to fight in China,'” White semi-jokingly stated. “I’m translating for Cung.”

Like a good employee, Le immediately echoed his boss’ statement.

“I’m going to go back in the gym and get ready for China,” Le responded.

The UFC makes its debut in China on November 10th. That gives Le just over four months to prepare for his return to the Orient.

While a potential opponent wasn’t mentioned, Le was originally slated to face Rich Franklin on Saturday before the former middleweight champ was promoted to headline UFC 147 opposite Wanderlei Silva. Perhaps the organization opts to rebook that shootout.

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