Every MMA fight Cung Le has had lists San Jose, California as the event’s site. That won’t change when Le makes his UFC debut Saturday night against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139.

Le-Silva will serve as the co-main event from the HP Pavilion. Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua meet in the card’s headliner, a show available on PPV starting at 9:00 PM EST.

Le has only fought eight times in MMA, compiling a record of 7-1, and avenged his lone career loss to Scott Smith by knocking Smith out at a Strikeforce event last year. Along with his combat sports job, Le has also been filming movies over the past few years.

“It’s definitely full circle, and to get to fight in San Jose in a UFC event is really awesome. I wanted Wanderlei fight a lot over the years and he’s definitely a legend. I’m excited to fight him,” said Le, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “I don’t know if he is gonna shoot in or not. Wanderlei has a good camp and they might be preparing to change thing up, so I’m prepared for everything.”

Le is 39 years old, but he doesn’t have the same bumps and bruises as most fighters his age due to having just one match a year since 2008. He broke into MMA after being pushed to compete by the likes of Javier Mendez, the head trainer for former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and a member of American Kickboxing Academy.

“It’s just one day at a time and one fight at a time and Wanderlei is a very tough opponent and I’m very excited to fight him, so I’m not looking past him at all,” Le said. “Right now the cross-hairs are on Wanderlei.”


MMATraining Take: Le-Silva will be all highlights if both fighters just throw down and come out swinging. Both men want nothing more than a KO finish, so you can expect to see some big strikes, heavy knees and knockout-worthy kicks from these two.