Height: 5'10" (178cm)
Weight: 185 lbs
Camp: American Kickboxing Academy
Cung Le (born May 25, 1972 in Saigon, South Vietnam) is a Vietnamese American Sanshou practitioner, actor and mixed martial artist fighting out of San Jose, California. He is the current Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. Sanshou is his main stand up style.
Cung Le is undefeated in his professional Sanshou career (17-0-0). He has won three US Open International Martial Arts Championships (1994, 1995,1996). He has also won 4 US National Championships (Orlando, Florida 1994, Dallas, TX, 1995, Baltimore, MD, 1997).
He earned three bronze medals in his amateur San Shou world competition. He has been a three-time captain of the United States teams that competed and was the U.S. team captain at the World Wushu Championships in 1997 (Italy) and 1999 (Hong Kong). On December 15, 2001 he defeated Shonie Carter by unanimous decision in San Jose, California to win the IKF Pro Light-Heavyweight San Shou World Title. In May 2003, Le entered into K-1 competitions where he garnered a 3-0 career record, including 1 knockout.
Le made his mixed martial arts debut at SVE: Shamrock vs. Gracie on March 10, 2006, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, knocking out kickboxing rival Mike Altman at 3:51 of the first round. Three months later he faced KOTC veteran Brian Warren, knocking him out with a flurry of punches at 4:19 of the first round.
At Strikeforce: Triple Threat on December 8, 2006, Le defeated Jason Von Flue in 0:43 when the fight had to be stopped due to a cut.
Le defeated a long time MMA veteran Frank Shamrock on March 29, 2008, in a fight co-promoted by Strikeforce and EliteXC at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Le won via TKO when Frank Shamrocks' right arm was broken after a series of kicks (ulna broken), making him Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.
Described as the "definition of a dynamic striker" by ringside commentator Bill Goldberg in his MMA match against Shamrock, Cung Le is known for his ability to produce highly co-ordinated and effective strikes. Ringside commentator Bill Goldberg also described his spinning back kicks as getting "hit by a truck" while interviewing him in the lead up to the title fight, and his roundhouse kick is arguably his most dangerous striking kick.
Kung Fu Cinema confirms Cung Le will co-star in the live-action Tekken film, based upon the popular martial arts fighting game, as Marshall Law. The movie has already completed filming, and is set to be released in 2009. Cung Le has also confirmed on November 28, 2008 on Inside MMA that he will star in a supporting role in the upcoming science fiction film Pandorum with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster. He is set to star in a supporting role in the upcoming movie "Fighting" alongside Channing Tatum.