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Le, who splits his time between MMA and movies, was called out by Anderson Silva's manager.
It seems like so long ago right now, but there was a time where it really, really seemed like Anderson Silva wanted no part of Chris Weidman. You can't really blame him at this point, though.
After roughing up Stephan Bonnar, there weren't an especially long list of potential opponents for the longtime middleweight champ. Weidman, who owned the shocking knockout of Mark Munoz, was the biggest threat to Silva on paper but was basically unknown to the majority of MMA fans just six months ago.
Seemingly to avoid the surging wrestler, Silva's manager, Ed Soares, proceeded to call out longtime British standout Michael Bisping, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and, most confusingly, famed kickboxer and on-again-off-again actor Cung Le.
While Le is a deadly striker, perhaps even on the same level as Silva himself, he is by no means a “worthy” title contender, having fought in the UFC just three times, against three fighters ranked well outside the middleweight top 10 rankings. That's on top of the fact he spent a good portion of 2012 on a set (he appeared in the kung fu flop The Man With the Iron Fists), rather than in the cage.
This ended up making Silva himself look a little bit silly and added fuel to speculation that he was actively avoiding fighters with a strong wrestling game. As you likely know, however, he would take the fight with Weidman a month later and would get knocked out in the second round.