Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Cung Le is going into his UFC Macau bout with Rich Franklin with an injured foot, but since the fight is in China and he's headlining, he's going to fight anyway.
However, he says that if the event were being held somewhere else he wouldn't be fighting. He's got a hurt foot, but is willing to work through it for the chance to fight in what he calls the "birthplace of martial arts."
"I didn't know how fast I was going to recover but I just did everything from ultrasound to blood letting where they draw blood out with cupping. I did that for like three weeks straight. I've kicked a couple of training partners in the head and that hurt but was ok. I'm hoping by fight time I'll be 100%. Definitely if this fight wasn't in Macau, China, even if I was in a main event somewhere else, I'd give myself the right amount of time so my foot could really heal. I feel like martial arts basically started from China and my roots are the Chinese martial arts. This is why I do it. I could just be doing movies, but I love to compete. I love to train martial arts. This is what I love to do. Here's my opportunity. To do it in China, it's awesome.
If you'd like to check out a video of Le's "awful broken foot therapy," which features blood-letting, to heal his mangled foot, click here.
It's not pretty ... consider yourself warned.