Cung Le: “I wasn’t used to the heavy pounding,”

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After coming back from a 17-month lay off, the Sanshou ace’s first opponent back was Pride legend Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139. While Silva stopped Le in the second round, Le had an impressive first-round showing, but just couldn’t keep the momentum going.

Le, however, doesn’t believe the ring rust played a factor against Silva and that it was a combination of his grueling training camp at American Kickboxing Academy and not listening to his body.

“I think the biggest thing that affected me was I  wasn’t used to the heavy pounding,” Le told MMAWeekly Radio.

“It wasn’t during the fight that affected me, it was during training camp.  Training with bigger guys like King Mo and all the good fighters over there at AKA, you get banged up.  It seemed like I was getting injured every other week.  So definitely, that was the biggest part in being healthy for the fight.”

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