From an outsider’s perspective it might seem as though the best possible option for a Mixed Martial Artist is to train at a gym featuring comparable talent if not superiorly skilled peers. However, in the case of UFC middleweight Cung Le the aforementioned philosophy was far from true.
Le was a staple at American Kickboxing Academy for years, working alongside the likes of Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Muhammed Lawal. While he certainly appreciated the environment, it turns out Le has only started to feel he’s truly ready to shine now that he’s departed from the widely respected team.
“Javier Mendez is just too busy. He’s got too many fighters and I can’t have him holding pads for me two or three times in one camp,” said Le of AKA’s stand-up coach in an interview with MMAWeekly.
“I’ve just got to focus on my fight, not going over and being a part of this awesome team and being everyone’s workout partner,” Le continued, referring to his current situation. “For my fight against Wanderlei Silva, I didn’t have the best camp. It was very unorganized, and that’s why I brought Scott Sheeley out for my second fight, and now Scott Sheeley just manages my whole training camp.”
The San Shou specialist saw returns from the change in approach this past July against Patrick Cote when he won by way of Unanimous Decision against a game opponent. Le also expects a similar outcome this weekend when he takes on Rich Franklin at UFC on Fuel 6.
“For my last two camps, I feel like things are starting to flow and starting to feel like my old self,” the confident competitor concluded.
The 40-year old holds an overall record of 8-2 including six straight wins to open up his career. Seven of his victories have involved a strike-based stoppage.
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