Name ring a bell? It may not, especially to some of the newer fans of mixed martial arts. Le (7-1) only averages one fight per year since 2007 and hasn't been seen since exacting revenge on Scott Smith at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" back in June 2010.
A lot has changed over the course of a year.
For starters, Strikeforce is now a part of the UFC machine, which means the San Shou striker now answers to a higher authority. But will he hide inside the contractual loopholes of the Showtime network? Or voluntarily jump into the shark-infested waters of Zuffa's stacked 185-pound division?
Le tells Fight Hype he's ready to give the fans what they want:
"I would like to have a couple of fights in the UFC. I'm one of those guys that, if it's going to be an exciting fight and a good match-up for the fans to watch, let's get it on. I have nothing to prove, so I'm down to fight anyone if it's going to be exciting for the fans to watch. Right now, it's all up to the UFC. Ever since I heard that Cain [Velasquez] was going to be fighting in San Jose ... I would love to be on the same card. You know, on Yahoo! Sports, there is a Cung Le vs. [Chris] Leben thread if there was a cross promotion. Like I said, if the fans think it is an exciting fight for them to watch, I'm all for it."
After surrendering the 185-pound strap to pursue an acting career in Hollywood, Le returned to the fight game at the HP Pavilion in December 2009, where he saw his perfect record go up in smoke against "Hands of Steel" via third round technical miracle.
Smith would try to replicate that performance in their second encounter, but "Dragon Eyes" ended his night with a vicious body kick early in the second stanza.
Now he wants to test his might at UFC 138 in San Jose -- if the fans want to see it.
Well, how about it Maniacs? Le's asking ... but are you answering? Would a middleweight scrap against "The Crippler" on Nov. 19 interest you? Or not so much?