On Saturday night Cung Le went through a proverbial war with opponent Patrick Cote at UFC 148, exchanging strikes for fifteen minutes with an adversary known for crisp stand-up and knockout power. As it turns out, Le also injured his foot early on. However, moments after exiting the Octagon the victorious Le was still all smiles after meeting one of his lifetime goals by notching a win inside the infamous eight-sided cage.
Le discussed his health, as well as the fight with Cote, in an interview with Fuel TV’s post-event show and looked more like a kid on Christmas morning than a 40-year old who’d just gone through a helluva fight.
“He ducked down, I round-housed, and I clipped the top of his head. Right away I felt it so I knew it was bad, but I said, ‘You know what? If it’s broken I’m gonna keep kicking with it,’” said Le of his foot, adding he wasn’t sure if it was broken.
“I hope not. Positive thoughts. It’s only bruised,” he explained.
On the topic of Cote, Le showed a great deal of respect to the French-Canadian, acknowledging “The Predator” was rightfully the favorite entering the match-up.
“He’s a tough guy. He’s never been knocked out. And he says he’s never been rocked, and I saw him get rocked a few times. More than once. So I was like, ‘Yeah!’ But I couldn’t look for the knockout even though I wanted to,” revealed Le. “I had to stay poised…because last time I was looking for the knockout and GOT knocked out.”
No thoughts were given in terms of Le’s future but based on his giddy demeanor after tasting UFC glory it seems clear he’ll at least take to the cage one more time, possibly even in China when the UFC visits there later this year.
Watch the full interview with Le below:
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