Cung Le: UFC not to blame for inexperienced yoga instructor on ‘TUF: China’


So, you’ve probably heard about the yoga instructor who appears on “The Ultimate Fighter: China” – the one with no pro MMA experience.

Cung Le, a former Strikeforce champion and current UFC fighter, serves as a mentor and coach on the show. It’s a hosting role similar to the one UFC President Dana White serves for the stateside edition of the UFC’s long-running reality show, but for “TUF: China,” Le took over the duties.

During a recent Q&A session in Singapore, Le (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) said he was perplexed as anyone as to why welterweight Li Jinying, a yoga instructor who said he hoped to parlay his “TUF” appearance into fame, was put on the show. However, Le suggested the show’s producers, and not the UFC, are more to blame for his inclusion (go to the 4:45 mark of the above video).

“I’m not sure how many of you have seen the show, but some yoga instructor got through,” Le said. “That was not the UFC’s doing. I believe that was part of the TV show – he was from the hometown – and somehow that guy snuck under the radar.

“That was a decision I had to make. If you haven’t watched it, I won’t ruin it, but one of the coaches had to go and put a little hurt on him and let him feel what punches with four-ounce gloves feel like it.”

Le discusses the show, as well as his desire to fight the likes of Michael Bisping or Wanderlei Silva, in the video above.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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