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UFC 139 interview: 39-year-old Cung Le ready to come out of the shadows

Steve Cofield

Cung Le has waited for a long time to finally show off his dynamic striking game in the UFC. The moment arrives tomorrow night as a guy that was a star from 1997-2004 in the kickboxing world is introduced to the casual fans of MMA. Le admitted there may be some nerves as he steps into the Octagon.

"For my first MMA fight in San Jose, I threw up in the back. So I hope it doesn't happen this time, but I'm prepared for whatever," Le told Cagewriter. "I'm just excited. I think my first time, I was more like 'what about my joints? what about the small gloves? But now, hey it's go time."

Le faces the legendary Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139. Believe it or not, Le is actually four years older than Silva, but he's a minus-150 favorite. Silva, with 45 fights under his belt has absorbed a lot more punishment over the years. This is MMA fight No. 9 for Le, who knows Silva can still be vicious in spite of losing six of his last eight.{ysp:more}

"You know Wanderlei is always going to be dangerous. He fights with a lot of heart and he's one of those fighters you have to put away because he's a going to keep coming all the way through. Kind of like a Scott Smith with more power."

Le suffered the only loss of his MMA career against Smith in 2009. The Vietnamese kickboxer was destroying Smith for twelve and a half minutes until the American landed one punch that changed the fight. Silva can do the same thing. That's what makes this fight so interesting. Le's kicking game may pick apart Silva, but the Brazilian always has that one-punch knockout power in his back pocket.

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