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Belfort vs Cung Le at UFC 139?

“So what’s this thing worth?”

No, really.  For cereal.  Apparently.  Vitor Belfort (20-9) announced on his website that he will be murdering fighting former Strikeforce paper middleweight champ Cung Le (7-1) at UFC 139 in November, and Le’s website has since confirmed it.

Sweet Christ, this will not end well for Le.  Sure he used to be the Strikeforce champion, but at a time when that didn’t mean shit.  He took the title from Frank Shamrock in 2008 (who won the vacant belt by beating Phil fucking Baroni), and eventually vacated it a year and a half later without defending it.  When he finally returned at the end of 2009, it took him two tries to beat Scott Smith, who was never that good to begin with, hasn’t won since, and can now only be described as circling the drain.  By November it’ll have been 17 months since Le’s last fight, and he’ll have had only 3 fights in the last 3.5 years.  Oh yeah, plus he’s 39 years old.

Just to shit on Le a little more, let’s have a good look at his 7-1 record.  Besides Smith and Shammy, his other five MMA victories were:

  • Sammy Morgan – Nov. 2007 – was 19-8, lost 3 more in a row after Le, hasn’t fought since 2008.
  • Tony Fryklund – June 2007 – was 14-8 and on a 2-fight losing streak, hasn’t fought since.
  • Jason Von Flue – Dec. 2006 – was 12-6-1, lost 5 of 7 since, hasn’t fought since 2009.
  • Brian Warren – June 2006 – was 9-6, lost 4 more in a row after Le, now 14-15-1.
  • Mike Altman – Mar. 2006 – was 1-2, lost next fight, hasn’t fought since.

So to summarize, Frank Shamrock is the best name on his record, five of his opponents have since retired and the other two ought to.  To call Le an over-hyped paper champ is putting it mildly.  But I’m sure that won’t stop Zuffa from promoting him as “THE FORMER STRIKEFORCE CHAMPION!” for this one.

One of the reasons why Strikeforce made a big deal about Le in the first place is because he fought for them way back when they were a kickboxing promotion, and apparently Le’s 17-0 Sanshou record is impressive enough to Belfort that he’s training with K-1 kickboxing star Ray Sefo, though he may have done so regardless of his opponent.  I have to presume that Belfort’s striking is already plenty good enough to deal with the likes of Le, so he’s probably just crossing his T’s and ” target=”_blank”>dotting his lower-case J’s.  And frankly, I can’t imagine why the UFC would even consider bringing Le over from Strikeforce.  He’s not even relevant over there anymore, and doesn’t stand a fucking chance with the big boys in the UFC, much less one of the top contenders.

I rarely make fight predictions since I’m so often wrong, but allow me to be the first to call yet another first-round knockout for the The Phenom, and then yet another long hiatus/retirement for Le.

Props to CagePotato for the find.

  • kvelertak

    Belfort by spine punches – :32 of the first round.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Belfort’s a puncher, not really a striker and could get his ribs kicked in by Le as he’s not very smart.  However, For some irrational reason I loathe Le using MMA to market his acting and hope he gets fucked-up.  If he wants to fight in the UFC it should be at Welterweight where he belongs.

  • kwagnuth

    Thing is there are alot of good matchups for Le and they could build some hype around him but at his age they are probably thinking make some quick money and send him out to pasture. Gotta give the guy credit though cuz he wanted to fight in the ufc its just too bad it didn’t happen five years ago.

  • kvelertak

    Dood. Le is too old and out of his game. Guy talks about giving up cookies and pizza as his main motivation.

    He’ll get slaughtered.

  • Billytk

    While I’m off the “Vitor’s back” bandwagon I still see this being VERY one sided I’d expect Le to get destroyed very very fast in this one

  • UberShmact

    Cung Le is a very entertaining fighter, I’m a big fan but I foresee him being punched in the back of the head several times very soon. I’m surprised he agreed to fight Belfort.

  • glassjawsh

    your prediction for how the fight will go is also the answer to your question about why the UFC signed Le

    Vitor Belfort murking fools is good for business

    wouldn’t be surprised to see the phenom in a #1 contenders fight immediately following this easy KO

    most likely against the winner of the mayhem/bisping fight or Brian stann if he beats chael sonnen

  • iamphoenix

    the movie Warrior was fucking bad ass.

  • Jarman

    I’ll steal it. Thanks for the recommend phoenix.
    Yes, Le will get punched in the back of the head….through his face. I’ll feel somewhat dirty watching that relative senior citizen get torn part by Vitor. Watching it in replay will make me feel better. can’t hear the maxillary bones break in slo mo.

  • Blackula Jonez

    I will lol so hard if Le is able to hang around long enough to make the fight competitive.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Despite being annoyed by Le, I would like to see him cave the chest of the eternally overrated juicebag “Phenom.”  Perhaps even the leever?

  • matthewpolly

    It is a very odd choice for Le, who as Ryan pointed out, made his name fighting guys who were paid to lose for Strikeforce when he was their big regional draw. Vitor Belfort already trains with Ray Sefo at Xtreme Couture and has for years. What Vitor ought to look out for is Le’s high level wrestling, which people forget about. I expect Le will want to GnP Vitor if he’s smart and this isn’t just a publicity stunt.

  • G Funk

    ^Twasn’t Hyan Mr. SmartyPolly-pants.

  • matthewpolly

    ah shit, agentsmith strikes again.

  • iamphoenix

    i less than three agentsmith.

  • frickshun


  • agentsmith

    ^ Thanks?

  • iamphoenix


  • agentsmith

    Oh you clever kids.

  • frickshun

    I think he’s blushing….

  • iamphoenix

    do butt cheeks blush?

  • agentsmith

    Yours do.

  • CAP

    when spanked.

  • agentsmith

    ^ I didn’t want to elaborate.  But yes.

  • CAP

    I wanna see Cung get spanked.