Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le did a very good job bouncing back from a harsh loss to Wanderlei Silva. Matched against Patrick Cote, Le tapped back into the striking prowess that made him a draw for Strikeforce, and out-pointed his opponent en route to a unanimous decision win.
While the 40-year-old is nowhere close to a title shot—and likely never will be—he is still popular and entertaining enough that the UFC wants him around. With the middleweight division as it is, there are several solid matchups that can be made that will keep fans entertained...and the UFC in the money.
With his striking still on-point and his well-rounded skills still capable of keeping fighters honest, he proves a tough challenge for up-and-comers and a fun opponent for other wily veterans.