It’s been a dramatic few months for Cung Le, and it looks as though the UFC vet and former Strikeforce champ has decided to retire from pro MMA.
In a prepared statement that has been sent to MMA Junkie.com, the 42 year-old Le has announced that his days as a pro MMA fighter have come to an end. According to the report, however, Le’s manager says that the feared striker might be willing to compete in a kickboxing match at some point. (Update: in a follow up report from MMA Fighting, Le’s manager has relayed that the fighter is in fact, retired from all forms of combat sports)
Le hasn’t fought since last August, when he was stopped by Michael Bisping at a UFC Fight Night card in Macao. Following the defeat, Le captured headlines, when the UFC claimed the fighter had tested positive for human growth hormone. Le was suspended by the promotion as a result, but after plenty of questions were raised about the testing procedures, the UFC rescinded the suspension. Le was extremely unhappy about the series of events, and asked the UFC to release him. That did not happen.
Then, more recently, it was announced that Le is among a group of fighters who have launched a class action lawsuit against the UFC.
So, it looks as though Le’s MMA record will finish at 9-3. During his near decade long, MMA career, Le scored wins over established names like Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith and Patrick Cote. The San Jose fighter’s last victory took place in 2012, when he bombed out Rich Franklin in the first round.
The only men who defeated Le in MMA competition were Wanderlei Silva, Smith and the aforementioned Bisping.
Here is some of what Le had to say about his decision, in a prepared statement:
After several months of thought and discussion with my wife and family we realize our future includes many things, but active competition in mixed martial arts is no longer one of them therefore I am officially announcing my retirement from active competition. Fighting will never be far from my heart and martial arts will always continue to be a part of my daily life. I have thoroughly enjoyed the career that I have been blessed with due in large part to all my fans and the many people who have helped me on my journey.
You can read the entire statement by heading here.