Eight fights into his MMA career, Cung Le had the pleasure of being welcomed into the eight-walled cage by "The Axe Murderer" at UFC 139 two years ago. And the reception the ex-PRIDE FC middleweight champion gave the former 185-pound Strikeforce titleholder wasn't exactly a warm one.
In what was pretty much a stand-up affair, Silva and Le put on a "Fight of the Night" performance which saw Wanderlei end the bout in the second round with some vicious punches and knees which resembled his glory days of PRIDE.
And while Cung has gotten over the loss thanks to two consecutive victories, he wouldn't turn down a rematch with Silva, but only if a coaching slot on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) was included in the package.
"After the Scott Smith fight, I definitely had to get my rematch. But for the Wanderlei fight, if it doesn't happen, I was just honored to be in the Octagon with Wanderlei. I grew up watching Wanderlei, he was just ferocious, going in there to destroy people. And for me to compete, I did pretty good against him. And you know, how I see it now is, at this stage of my career, I'm 40 years old and if it happens great. If it doesn't, I got to move on to the next stage and next fight or next movie in my career. I can look at it as like I killed two birds with one stone. I knocked out Rich Franklin who's beaten Wanderlei twice, so, it's almost a reward in itself . But, if that fight does come up and it includes a coaching spot, I'm all over it, all over it."
Le is coming off a "Knockout of the Night" performance over former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL TV 6 while Silva himself is fresh of a multiple bonus-winning brawl opposite Brian Stann at UFC on FUEL TV 8.
While fight fans wouldn't be opposed to a rematch between the two powerful strikers, a do-over is highly unlikely, seeing as how Silva has made his permanent return to the light heavyweight division.
Catchweight fight, anyone?