Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
UFC middleweight Cung Le will take on Rich Franklin in what he claims will be the biggest fight of his life at UFC Macao on Nov. 10, 2012. But it's a fight that was almost derailed due to a harsh foot injury. Le tells the tale of how he was able to overcome the obstacle.
Le won the fight by unanimous decision, but it didn't come without cost.
During an interview with Kenny Florian and Todd Harris from FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," Le detailed how he and his boss, UFC President Dana White, both originally thought that his foot injury may have been enough to keep him off the Macao card:
"Actually, I was getting wheelchaired to the press conference after UFC 148 because I thought my foot was broken. Dana White said to me ‘I was going to put you on the China fight, but this doesn't look good.' I said, ‘Oh man, when is it?' And he said, ‘November 10.' I thought my foot was broken and I was sitting at the press conference thinking how could I get my foot better? Now here I am in Hong Kong getting ready to be in Macao for the biggest fight of my life."
Luckily (and with a lot of hard work), Le was able to get himself back into fighting shape, or at least close enough to be cleared by physicians.
Even so, the Tae Kwon Do black belt feels this will be the biggest fight of his career:
"This is the biggest fight of my career. It'd mean so much to me. It would definitely take me to that next level in my career if I beat Rich Franklin. I'm totally feeling the extra pressure, but it's very exciting and I'm trying not to let it get the best of me."
Le is taking precautions to keep his foot healthy, leading up to this weekend's match up. He's having to take it easy, but he's also used some rather unconventional methods to preserve his prized moneymaker.
"My foot is getting better as long as I don't kick someone upside the head right now without pads. All my sparring is done. It's just about maintaining it up until the fight and staying away from injury and then going into the fight as healthy as I can. I only got cleared six or seven weeks ago by the doctor, even though it was a bone bruise, not broken, and he said it would take up to ten weeks to heal. So I did a lot of things to get it better and I got my foot up to 80 percent. But, that is why I just get back to my Chinese doctor and he does this blood leading thing and it's kind of disgusting. I put it on YouTube and people got grossed out."
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