I mentioned a few days that I had a feeling Cung Le wasn’t going to be interested in fighting in the upcoming strikeforce 185lb tournament, and indeed the fighter himself has now all but confirmed that to be the case.
“You know tournaments, let those young guys do the tournaments,” Le tells MMAWeekly. “I’m 38 years old, and even though I looked 28 on Saturday, after I put that pizza, chocolate chips, and cookies in my stomach, I feel like a 38-year-old. I’m just happy that I’m with Strikeforce, and I’m happy that Scott Coker supported me in the 21 months that I had off.”
Le looked to be in good form on Saturday night, avenging his loss to Scott Smith and emerging relatively unscathed. Committing to the sport 100% throughout the year has been an issue for the fighter lately though, as was highlighted when he relinquished the middleweight belt last year in order to spend more time acting.
With other movie deals currently in the pipeline it may be that he’s looking to head back in that direction, at least for the time being. If that is the case he’s not saying so yet though.
“I want to sit down with Scott Coker and see what he has in store for me, but I definitely didn’t take that much wear and tear in this fight, and you go through that tournament and you’re fighting a lot. There’s going to be a lot of wear and tear, and I’m not sure exactly what I want to do at this point.”
Considering that Coker will have his hands full putting together eight fighters for the 185lb tournament, it’s going to be tricky to give Le a meaningful fight in the weight-class at the same time. It’s hard to say for sure how the situation will play out, but it’s certainly possible now that Le may not be back in the Strikeforce cage until the promotion’s middleweight landscape has been reshaped by the tournament.