01-21-15. By JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com
Former Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion and UFC vet Cung Le is retiring from MMA. After months of consideration and discussions with his family and team members, Le has decided to retire and focus on his acting career. There is a chance, however, that he might go back to kickboxing.
Le has been training in martial arts since the age of 10 and then started training in wrestling at 14. He was an active fighter in Sanshou, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts for 17 years. He is a fighter all the way and is also one of the most decorated champions who is greatly respected in and outside of MMA. He has been working on movies for a few years and wants to focus on acting and fight choreography.
Here is Le’s 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.
I want to personally thank my wife, Suzanne, my three Little Ninjas, my Mother, Sister and the rest of my incredible family for their support, prayers and inspiration. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank Scott Coker for his long-time friendship and support of my career, Gary Ibarra for your tenacity, to Khoa Do for everything, Scott Sheeley, you know, and to Jane Estioko, thank you for your loyalty. I’d also like to thank all of my past and present USH Team Family members, I am grateful for every round.
I’d like to recognize the UFC for the opportunity they have provided me, the sport of mixed martial arts, and more importantly the fans who love it, you will never be far from my heart. It has truly been my honor and my privilege to entertain you.”
I want to say THANK YOU to a great fighter and martial artist and we at TheFightWorld.com wish you all the best.
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