Cung Le Wants Wanderlei Silva Rematch If Chael Sonnen Withdraws Due to TRT Ban

Cung Le has recently begun refocusing on his mixed martial arts career, and already has an opponent in mind for his return fight. Speaking with MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Le stated he was willing to step into the cage with former Pride champion (and former opponent), Wanderlei Silva.

"I would love another shot," he said. "I feel like I didn't fight a good fight and I know I can do a lot better."

Le and Silva fought at UFC 139 in 2011. While Le got the better of Silva in the early goings of the fight, his lack of cardio opened the door for "The Axe Murderer" to storm back, which resulted in a second-round knockout. It's worth noting, however, that Silva was a short-notice replacement for Vitor Belfort, and that the fight was Le's return to MMA after 17 months out of the cage.

Le has long been one of MMA's most formidable strikers, but his career has long been marred by a lack of commitment to the sport. The Sanshou practitioner won the Strikeforce belt in 2008 by breaking one of Frank Shamrock's arms with a kick, but vacated the title without ever defending the strap to focus on his movie career. Since making his MMA debut in 2006, he has fought just 11 times. 

There is little doubt that Le still has something to offer. He is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, and knocked former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin out cold with one punch...in 2012. 

Le stated in January that he wanted to make good on the three remaining fights on his contract with Zuffa. However, there are few intriguing opponents out there for the 41-year-old who exiled himself from the title picture.

Wanderlei Silva, however, fits that bill and the possibility is there, given Chael Sonnen's struggles since the NSAC's ban on testosterone replacement therapy.

We'll see if Le can get on the comeback trail in the coming months.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Chael Sonnen: What Makes a 10-8 Round?

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

On this episode of Beyond the Fight, Chael Sonnen discusses just what makes a 10-8 round in mixed martial arts. read news >>

Chael Sonnen: Conor McGregor is Clean… and so is Yoel Romero

  • 23 days ago
  • 73 views

On this episode of Beyond the Fight, Chael Sonnen defends Yoel Romero and Conor McGregor amidst accusations of performance-enhancing drug use. read news >>

Twitter Mailbag: Sympathy for 'The Dragon'?

  • 21 days ago
  • 35 views

In this week's Twitter Mailbag, Lyoto Machida is out of his fight with Dan Henderson due to a USADA violation, but is this one really as bad as it sounds? Plus, what does the death of a Portuguese fi read news >>

UFC on FOX 19 Bout Cancelled Due to Anti-Doping Violation

  • 20 days ago
  • 22 views

A UFC on FOX 19 lightweight fight between Drew Dober and Islam Makhachev has been cancelled just 24 hours prior to fight time. read news >>

Islam Makhachev off UFC on FOX 19 vs. Dober due to potential failed drug test

  • 20 days ago
  • 19 views

TAMPA, Fla. – Saturday’s UFC on FOX 19 card continues to be a little bit cursed. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Conor McGregor Made a 'Big Mistake' with UFC Retirement Tweet, Says Chael Sonnen

  • 16 days ago
  • 119 views

Former UFC star Chael Sonnen believes Conor McGregor's retirement tweet was a "big mistake" brought on by the Irishman's desire to negotiate a new deal with the company. The 39-year-old took part in read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 views

After 15 months on the sidelines due to his legal troubles, former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones finally returns to action on Saturday night at UFC 197. In his absence, Daniel Cormier won the read news >>

Chael Sonnen: Conor McGregor is Wrong

  • 14 days ago
  • 87 views

On this episode of Beyond the Fight, Chael Sonnen weighs in on the chess match playing out between the UFC and its fastest rising star, Conor McGregor read news >>

Video: Chael Sonnen on post-suspension plans, Jones vs. Saint Preux, CM Punk in MMA

  • 13 days ago
  • 38 views

MMAjunkie caught up with former fighter and current MMA broadcaster Chael Sonnen earlier this month at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas to discuss some current MMA events, including tonight’s UFC 197 headli read news >>

UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan, 27, announces retirement due to blood disorder

  • 11 days ago
  • 44 views

UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan, a 27-year-old Irishman who debuted with the organization in 2014, today announced his retirement from the sport. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>