“[Fighting in the UFC] wasn’t on my to-do list, but it was on my wish list. If there was a Santa Claus, I would want that as a present. I definitely got it… I went to a UFC Summit, and I was talking to Lorenzo, and I told him I had a bunch of movies coming up and that I would still love to fight, but I would like to fight in the UFC. He said he would work around my schedule… The movie ‘Dragon Eyes 2’ got pushed until the end of the year, like in December, so I mentioned that. I talked to Scott Coker, and he set up a meeting. Everything happened really quick. It was kind of overnight. I met with them almost two weeks ago, and we’re set for San Jose now… When Dana and Lorenzo said, ‘We want you to fight Vitor,’ I said, ‘Alright. Go big or go home. Let’s do it.’ I’m very excited. It’s going to be awesome… I’m very happy, and I’m honored to be part of the UFC now. I’d like to thank Dana White and Lorenzo for bringing me on and giving me a chance to fight in San Jose. … To finish off my career with a contract with the UFC, it’s amazing.”

— Cung Le on MMA Junkie Radio talking about signing with the UFC and fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 139

It’s doubtful we’ll see Cung Le make a run at the Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title, but that’s ok. Le’s San Shou background has made him one of the most unique fighters in the sport who always puts on crowd-pleasing fights. Here’s to hoping we see him several times in the Octagon. In addition to Vitor Belfort, fights with guys like Chris Leben, Wanderlei Silva, Brian Stann and Michael Bisping would all be a lot of fun to watch.

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