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9-3-0

Cung Le

Cung Le

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  • Name: Cung Le
  • Professional MMA Record: 9-3-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: N/A
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 42 | Date of Birth: 1972.05.25
  • Last Fight: August 23, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Cung Le's Universal Strength Headquarters
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,005,000 USD
  • Born: Saigon, Vietnam
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: San Jose, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Cung Le was born in south Vietnam. He and his mother narrowly escaped the Fall of Saigon, leaving in a helicopter through an array of gun fighting. Le found his way to California, and was subject to bullying and discrimination, prompting him to study martial arts. His mother enrolled him in a Tae Kwon Do school, but Cung would study a variety of systems throughout his life. Cung also wrestled in high school, earning All-American honors in his Junior year. Le continued his wrestling career with West Valley College where he won a Junior College State Championship. 


While he has devoted more time in recent years to a budding Hollywood film career than his fighting career, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le is an accomplished martial artist possessing some of the most impressive kicks in the business. Before transitioning into professional MMA competition, Le was a decorated Sanshou (Chinese Kickboxing) champion, going undefeated in 16 professional fights and winning multiple titles, including three US Open International Martial Arts Championships, the 1998 Shidokan Championship, and 4 US National Championships.  Cung also squared off against world renowned fighter Shonie Carter in 2001, winning by unanimous decision and earning the IKF pro light-heavyweight championship.  Cung also competed in K-1, winning all three of his bouts in decisive fashion. 


Following his kickboxing career, Le entered the world of professional MMA, winning his first six fights—including one over MMA legend Frank Shamrock—by knockout or TKO before suffering the first defeat of his career in an exciting upset loss to Scott Smith in December of 2009. Le got revenge on Smith in their very next fight, finishing the rematch inside the distance.


Although Le is known mainly for his fast, unusual, and vicious kicking combinations, which he used to great effect through his extended unbeaten streak in MMA, he is also well-versed in the art of off-balancing opponents, often sweeping them completely off of their feet and onto the mat with forceful and damaging hip tosses. Many fans wonder how Le would fare in a fight with an experienced grappler, but such a bout has yet to be put together. In the meantime, Le continues to impress with his dominance in the stand-up arena.


Le was signed to the UFC but would lose his debut by TKO to Wanderlei Silva in the second round, the silver-lining for the loss was that he did earn Fight of the Night honors. He would face Patrick Cote in his next bout and get his first UFC win with a Unanimous Decision victory. He faced former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC on FUEL 6 in Macau, the UFC's first event in China, where he caught Franklin with a leading right hook 2 minutes and 14 seconds into the fight. The flash knockout and surprising upset earned Le "Knockout of the Night" honors, his second post-fight bonus in his UFC career. 

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Cung Le Middleweight Ranking History

Cung Le MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:57 Round 4 of 5, 15:57 Total

Michael Bisping
Ref: John Sharp

UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: +220 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Walkout Music: The Black Keys / RZA - The Baddest Man Alive
UFC Fight Night 48 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:17 Round 1 of 5

Rich Franklin
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.11.10
Odds: +325 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#43 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#5 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC on FUEL TV 6 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Patrick Cote
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.07.07
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Rich Franklin UFC 148 2012.07.07
Reason: Franklin Rescheduled
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:49 Round 2 of 3, 9:49 Total

Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Dan Stell

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: -215 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $420,000 ($350K Base, $70K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#97 Greatest Fight of All Time
#13 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#36 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
#35 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 139 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Vitor Belfort UFC 139 2011.11.19
Reason: Belfort Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:46 Round 2 of 3, 6:46 Total

Scott Smith
Ref: Jason Herzog

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.06.26
Odds: -315 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.75 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:25 Round 3 of 3, 13:25 Total

Scott Smith
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Evolution
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: -453 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
#17 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#15 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#16 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 3 of 5, 15:00 Total

Frank Shamrock
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2008.03.29
Odds: +163 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
#12 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:58 Round 3 of 3, 11:58 Total

Sam Morgan

Strikeforce: 4 Enter, 1 Survives
Main Event | Catchweight | 181 lbs

2007.11.16
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 181.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:25 Round 3 of 3, 10:25 Total

Tony Fryklund
Ref: Herb Dean

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
Main Card | Catchweight | 180 lbs

2007.06.22
Disclosed Pay: $45,000 Base | Weigh-In: 179.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
0:43 Round 1 of 3

Jason Von Flue

Strikeforce: Triple Threat
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.12.08
Weigh-In: 182.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:19 Round 1 of 3

Brian Warren

Strikeforce: Revenge
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.06.09
Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:51 Round 1 of 3

Mike Altman

Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.03.10

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