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Cung Le (born May 25, 1972) is a Vietnamese American kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and actor from San Jose, Californiamarker. He was the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion before stepping down to further pursue his acting career.

Life and career

Cung Le was born in Saigonmarker, South Vietnam. He fled his home country with his mother in 1975 as the city fell to communist rule (reportedly fleeing in a helicopter under machine gun fire). He ended up in San Jose, Californiamarker where early racial bullying inspired him to learn to fight. His mother enrolled him in Taekwondo classes at the age of 10. Since those first classes he has absorbed a variety of styles, and was undefeated as a professional kickboxer (22-0). He is a three time world champion and also coaches his own team, which is now 11-0 in team competition.

Sanshou (sanda, Chinese boxing)

Cung Le is undefeated in his professional Sanshou career (17-0-0).http://www.cungle.com/fightprofile.php He has won three US Open International Martial Arts Championships (1994, 1995,1996). He has also won 4 US National Championships (Orlando, Florida 1994, Dallas, TX, 1995, Baltimore, MD, 1997). He earned three bronze medals in his amateur Sanshou world competition. He has been a three-time captain of the United States teams that competed and was the U.S. team captain at the World Wushu Championships in 1997 (Italy) and 1999 (Hong Kong). On December 15, 2001 he defeated Shonie Carter by unanimous decision in San Jose, Californiamarker to win the IKF Pro Light-Heavyweight San Shou World Title. In May 2003, Le entered into K-1 competitions where he garnered a 3-0 career record, including 1 knockout.

MMA career

Cung Le and Frank Shamrock after their bout.
Le made his mixed martial arts debut at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie on March 10, 2006, at the HP Pavilion at San Josemarker, knocking out kickboxing rival Mike Altman at 3:51 of the first round. Three months later he faced KOTC veteran Brian Warren, knocking him out with a flurry of punches at 4:19 of the first round. At Strikeforce: Triple Threat on December 8, 2006, Le defeated Jason Von Flue in 0:43 when the fight had to be stopped due to a cut.

Le went on to fight the veteran Tony Fryklund who had just suffered a spectacular loss to Anderson Silva one year prior. Like Silva, Le beat Fryklund via KO late in the third round. Soon after Le fought Sammy Morgan at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. He utilized his throws to keep Morgan off and won the bout via TKO.

On March 29, 2008, Le defeated a long time MMA veteran Frank Shamrock in a fight co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC at the HP Pavilionmarker in San Josemarker. Le won via TKO when Frank Shamrocks' right arm was broken after a series of kicks (ulna broken), making him Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.

On September 17, 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that Le had relinquished his belt after securing another major motion picture deal. It was also announced that a bout between Jake Shields and Jason 'Mayhem' Miller will now be for Le's old title.

Le will return to Strikeforce to face Scott Smith at Strikeforce: Evolution on December 19th, 2009.

Acting career

Kung Fu Cinema confirms Cung Le will co-star in the live-action Tekken film, based upon the popular martial arts fighting game, as Marshall Law. The movie has already completed filming, and is set to be released in 2009. Le had supporting roles in the science fiction film Pandorum with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and Fighting, released in 2009 alongside Channing Tatum.

Personal life

Cung has two sons with his ex-wife. He and his wife Suzanne were married in August 2009.

Championships and accomplishments

Result Date Championship Weight Location
Win March 29, 2008 Strikeforce Middleweight MMA World Champion Middleweight San Josemarker, Californiamarker, USA
Win 2004 ISKA Light Heavyweight K-1 Super Fight Champion(vs. Brian Warren) Light Heavyweight Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, USA
Win 2003 ISKA Light Heavyweight K-1 Super Fight Champion(vs. Phil Petit) Light Heavyweight Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, USA
Win 2003 ISKA Light Heavyweight K-1 Super Fight Champion(vs. Scott Sheeley) Light Heavyweight Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, USA
Win 2001 IKF Light Heavyweight World Champion Light Heavyweight San Josemarker, Californiamarker, USA
Win 2000 ISKA North American Light Heavyweight Champion Light Heavyweight San Josemarker, Californiamarker, USA
Win 2000 ISKA Light Heavyweight K-1 Super fight Champion Light Heavyweight Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, USA
Win 2000 ISKA Cruiserweight World Champion(title defense) Cruiserweight San Josemarker, Californiamarker, USA
Win 1999 Art of War Light Heavyweight Champion, China vs. USA Light Heavyweight Honolulumarker, Hawaii, USA
Win 1999 ISKA Light Heavyweight Sanshou World Champion Light Heavyweight San Josemarker, Californiamarker, USA
Win 1998 ISKA Cruiserweight World Champion Cruiserweight San Josemarker, Californiamarker, USA
Win 1998 Draka Main Event Champion Light Heavyweight Los Angeles, Californiamarker, USA
Win 1998 Draka Under card Champion Light Heavyweight Los Angeles, Californiamarker, USA
Win 1998 Shidokan Team USA Champion (vs. Arne Soldwedel) Light Heavyweight Chicago, Illinoismarker, USA
Win 1998 Shidokan Team USA Champion (vs. Laimon M. Keita) Light Heavyweight Chicago, Illinoismarker, USA
Win 1998 Shidokan Team USA Champion (vs. Ben Harris) Light Heavyweight Chicago, Illinoismarker, USA


MMA record



References

  1. http://www.cungle.com/movies.php


External links



Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Scott Smith Strikeforce: Evolution 12/19/2009 San Josemarker, Californiamarker
Win Frank Shamrock TKO (Broken Arm) EliteXC / Strikeforce - Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le 3/29/2008 3 5:00 San Josemarker, Californiamarker Won Strikeforce Middleweight Championship, Vacates title later due to filming obligations.
Win Sammy Morgan KO (Body Kick) Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives 11/16/2007 3 1:58 San Josemarker, Californiamarker
Win Tony Fryklund KO (Punch) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni 6/22/2007 3 0:25 San Josemarker, Californiamarker
Win Jason Von Flue TKO (Cut) Strikeforce: Triple Threat 12/8/2006 1 0:43 San Josemarker, Californiamarker
Win Brian Warren TKO (Punches) Strikeforce: Revenge 6/9/2006 1 4:19 San Josemarker, Californiamarker
Win Mike Altman KO (Punch) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie 3/10/2006 1 3:51 San Josemarker, Californiamarker

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