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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015

(Updated) Report: Cung Le Announces Retirement From MMA

Cung Le (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

After making his pro debut in 2006, Cung Le has reportedly announced that his days as a MMA fighter have come to an end.

The 42 year-old Le, who has long been considered one of the sport’s most dynamic strikers, hasn’t fought since August, when he was stopped by Michael Bisping. More recently, it was announced that Le was one of several fighters, who have launched a class action lawsuit against the UFC.

The news also comes not long after Le had a public dispute with the UFC. The promotion suspended Le last fall, for allegedly testing positive for human growth hormone, and then rescinded the suspension when questions regarding the testing regiment were raised.  Le proceeded to request his UFC release but was denied.

According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, Le’s manager has said that the San Jose resident could compete in a kickboxing bout at some juncture. The report also included a statement from Le, whereby he announced his retirement from MMA.

After several months of thought and discussion with my wife and family we realize our future includes many things, but active competition in mixed martial arts is no longer one of them therefore I am officially announcing my retirement from active competition. Fighting will never be far from my heart and martial arts will always continue to be a part of my daily life. I have thoroughly enjoyed the career that I have been blessed with due in large part to all my fans and the many people who have helped me on my journey.

I want to personally thank my wife, Suzanne, my three Little Ninjas, my Mother, Sister and the rest of my incredible family for their support, prayers and inspiration. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank Scott Coker for his long-time friendship and support of my career, Gary Ibarra for your tenacity, to Khoa Do for everything, Scott Sheeley, you know, and to Jane Estioko, thank you for your loyalty. I’d also like to thank all of my past and present USH Team Family members, I am grateful for every round.

I’d like to recognize the UFC for the opportunity they have provided me, the sport of mixed martial arts, and more importantly the fans who love it, you will never be far from my heart. It has truly been my honor and my privilege to entertain you.

The former Strikeforce champ finishes out his MMA career having gone 9-3.

(Update: according to a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, Le’s manager has said that the fighter has retired from all combat sports)

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