Cung Le Retires From Combat Sports After 17 Years

Cung Le vs Scott Smith

As of today, Cung Le as officially called it quits from active competition in mixed martial arts. In fact, Le has retired completely from combat sport, which means his future in kickboxing is abandoned as well.

Le’s manager Gary Ibarra from AMR Group confirmed the news via a text message with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. It appears Le’s decision came after reconsidering his career for several months with his family. However, Le still has plans to take part in MMA in some shape or form. Keep in mind, he still has stunts to fulfill in action movies.

Le has been competing professionally in combat sport since 1997 with his most recent in fight in the UFC with Michael Bisping, which Le lost by TKO in the fourth round. Up until 2005, Le remained undefeated in Kickboxing.

His statement follows right below.

Official Statement From Cung Le

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.

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