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Vitor Belfort ready to welcome Cung Le to the UFC in San Jose

It looks like Cung Le might be headed to the octagon and ready to welcome him is explosive striker Vitor Belfort. It appears that Le and the UFC are close to reaching a deal that would bring the Vietnamese American over from under the Strikeforce banner. Cung will find himself in familiar territory though, as he’s scheduled to make his UFC debut at UFC 139, which takes place in his hometown of San Jose.

News of the bout was first reported on Belfort’s official website.

The inconsistent “Phenom” returned to his winning ways at UFC 133, knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama in just under two minutes and taking home “Knockout of the Night” honors. Prior to that victory, Belfort was famously KO’d by Anderson Silva with a front kick to the face. Heralded as having some of the fatest hands in the sports, 14 of Vitor’s 20 career victories have come by way of (T)KO.

Belfort could have his hands full with Le though, who is no slouch on his feet either. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion went undefeated in 17 career kickboxing bouts and has won seven of his eight MMA bouts, all by way of (T)KO. In June 2010, Cung avenged the only loss of his career, finishing Scott Smith with a spinning back kick followed by a flurry of strikes.

UFC 139 is scheduled for November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Also on the card is a bantamweight bout with title implications as Urijah Faber will meet Brian Bowles.

*PHOTO CREDIT – ESTHER LIN/STRIKEFORCE*

11 COMMENTS
  • Sykotick says:

    Vitor tko in 1,
    …then again I will admit I have major fanboy status with Mr Belfort, I’d pick him to tko god in 1 =\

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  • Creature says:

    Well even though anything can happen in a MMA fight, i think its safe to say this one will be staying on the feet until somebody goes down :) and even though Cung Le is a high level kickboxer, im going to go with Belfort on this one

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  • yay….Cung Le gets to come to the UFC and fight an actual decent fighter for once in his life….if Smith was able to KO him what’ll happen when Vitor lights him up. This is a dumb fight to me, give Le Leben, Munoz, Simpson, Matt Brown….but to throw him to the upper class of UFC Mws is a disaster to me. Le hasnt proven his worth to be in a fight like this.

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  • Creature says:

    I just re watched his first fight with scott smith, he looked kinda slow actually, i think he goes to throw one of his kicks, and belforts going to explode on him and take him out.. speed kills and belfort has it in spades

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  • G-DUB says:

    Absolutely no point to this fight. How does beating Cunt Le get Belfort any closer to another title shot?? I have to believe he’s not too thrilled with the UFC throwing him this gimme fight. Cung Le doesn’t belong among the UFC’s elite Middleweights. Perhaps if he stopped eating cookies and dropped to WW, he’d have a fighting chance.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Cung le Better call in a hollywood favor and get Steven seagal to teach him that front kick.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I love this fight, Le is a proven striker with some awesome kicks and Belfort is one of the best boxers in the game, Belfort has way more mma experience and is younger but Le is fighting for his home crowd and in the UFC with something to prove. Could be a great battle.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Creature of course he looked bad against Smith in the first fight, he was barely trained for it , he completly destroyed Smith in the second fight though.

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  • Creature says:

    Well ill admit ive only seen Cung fight twice and barely remember the other fight, and didnt know he barely trained for the first fight with smith, i guess ill have to look up his other fights to re-adjust my assessment of him lol. But i doubt ill change my prediction of this fight. which of his fights would you recommend i watch?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Creatur, while Le doesnt have a extensive MMA record yet any of his old kickboxing bouts are good to watch, as well as his second fight with Smith. The Shamrock fight showcases his kicks and TDD well also. I wouldnt pick him over Vitor but I do think he can make for a very exciting fight as a longtime kickboxer against a great boxer that alone is at least a interesting style clash.

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  • Cung is a good kickboxer but i wouldnt give him to much credit for good TDD against Frank Shamrock who’s takedowns arent very good. I’d just rather see Belfort fight contenders and not turn into a can smasher…hes one of the most honored champs in history, i dont want to see him fighting guys from SF who have hardly any fight experience or dudes on losing streaks.

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