UFC 148 Results: Should Cung Le Go Out on a High Note?

Jordy McElroyCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

Cung Le - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Cung Le - Esther Lin/MMAFighting

Cung Le's evasion of Father Time continued at UFC 148, as he picked up a much needed victory over former middleweight title contender Patrick Cote.

Coming off a TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva, the 40-year-old Sanshou master rebounded with a brilliant standup display that earned him a lopsided unanimous decision.

After securing his first ever UFC victory, should Le hang up his gloves and go out on a high note?

The answer to that question strictly depends upon the amount of time Le wishes to put into training.

Despite being a former Strikeforce champion and a highly respected martial arts master, Le has less MMA fighting experience than 22-year-old welterweight star Rory MacDonald.

The problem with Le has always been the elongated gaps in between fights. In over four years, Le has only fought five times. He tends to split his time between fighting and starring in movies.

This obviously worked in a fledgling promotion like Strikeforce, but the UFC will be a completely different story. There are no easy fights in the UFC, especially considering the continued growth of the middleweight division.

Le is a versatile fighter with the unique ability to make some noise in the UFC, but if he isn't solely focused on fighting, he could quickly find himself racking up consecutive losses.

After Le's performance on Saturday night, he should continue to dedicate himself to MMA and see where it takes him. Acting will always be there, but the window of opportunity for professional athletes doesn't stay open long.

Can Le stay focused?

Let's hope Hollywood doesn't come knocking on his door for a role in The Scorpion King 4.