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.
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