LAS VEGAS – After turning 40 this past May, Cung Le feels the toll a long fighting career has taken on his body.
Does he feel them enough to think about hanging up the gloves to focus 100 percent on his other passion, movies? Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) isn’t sure – but he does know he sure would like his first UFC win before retirement.
“We’ll see (about retirement),” Le told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I never look ahead. I’m one of those guys, I’m in the moment. Every day I wake up is a blessing. I have this day, and I’m going to live in this day. I can’t look toward tomorrow because tomorrow’s not promised.”
But a fight against Patrick Cote (17-7 MMA, 4-7 UFC) is promised for Le, and it will take place Saturday on the main card of UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
After looking good early against Wanderlei Silva this past Novemeber at UFC 139, only to lose by TKO late in the second round, Le wants one thing more than ever – a win in the UFC.
“If I cry (if I win) – Im going to try not to,” said Le, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion. “That’s how big it would be. It’s a big deal (to me to get my first UFC win).
“I don’t need to impress, but I don’t know how to just win. I strike like lightning and I follow by thunder. May the storm hit hard. That’s me. Go big or go home, baby.”
Le is more than a 2-to-1 favorite against Cote, who returns to the Octagon after putting together a four-fight win streak