Date of Birth: May 25, 1972
City of Birth: Saigon, Vietnam
Hometown: San Jose, California USA
Marital Status: Single Children: 2 sons
Interests: Movies, sports, MMA, BJJ, San Shou, food,
competition, teaching/coaching, nutrition, health, fitness
Favorite Quotation: "USH! Unlimited Strength and
In 1975, three days before the fall of Saigon, Cung Le
and his mother Anne escaped Vietnam by helicopter under heavy gun fire.
They spent several difficult months in a refuge camp in the Philippines
until the time they where reunited with some of their family members.
Luckily, they had a sponsor in America and were able to start their new
lives in San Jose, California.
Growing up as a skinny Vietnamese refuge, Cung Le was
an easy target for bullies to pick on, often used for practical jokes,
pushed around and even beat up. Most of these bullies never even knew
his name and often referred to Cung Le as a nip, chink, or gook.
Today the name Cung Le is one of the most famous names
in the Martial Arts Fight World as "... pound for pound one of the most
exciting fighters of all times (Dave Carter, Inside Kung Fu)." Cung Le
is not only a three time world champion who is in his prime, he is also
a dedicated father and role model to millions. Cung Le has made a
tremendous impact on martial arts and continues to expand his arsenal of
tools with the addition of Jujitsu training. His popularity as a fighter
has brought San Shou Kung Fu to the forefront of the fight world and is
catapulting Le into the main stream.
Most recently, Le was featured on a television series
called JOURNEY OF A CHAMPION. His beginning, his challenges, his
victories, and the road ahead are featured in three unforgettable
episodes. He is also the subject of a documentary that chronicles his
life "Cung Le, The Making of a Champion", beginning with Le as a child
in Vietnam, following him as a wrestler in college and taking the
audience ringside for his many hard fought victories. The film also
takes you behind the scenes to see the type of grueling training that
makes a champion. Le was also the featured guest for The Discovery
Channel documentary titled, "On the Inside: Martial Arts."
Le has made appearances on the covers of several of
the most renowned martial arts publications in the world, including
Black Belt Magazine, Inside Kung Fu, Wushu Kung Fu, Martial Arts
Illustrated, ESPN the magazine and the cover of DirecTV. A testament to
his high status in Asia, an article on Le was also published in the
Japanese version of Black Belt Magazine, the Bible of Martial Arts. Le
has also captivated his television audience with outstanding victories
on ESPN2 StrikeForce, Pay-Per-View's K-1 Superfights, DRAKA
Championships and Shidokan, The Triathlon of Martial Arts.
At the prestigious 2004 Asia Entertainment awards, Le
was honored as the most famous Vietnamese Martial Artist in the world.
He received this award in Los Angeles amid a first class Oscars-like
ceremony. With this honor Le is now in possession of over 35 major
With Sanshou's fast paced style, where unlike boxing,
a fighter is penalized for non- engagement or resting, Le is an ominous
presence with the ability to knock someone out with both his hands and
feet. Not only a fighting champion himself, Cung Le has made many of his
students champions. His UsH team of fighters have brought home many gold
medals, state titles, national titles, and world titles in both San Shou
and Muay Thai. In 2003, one of his UsH fighters brought the first ever
gold medal from the San Shou World Championships. Le continues to train
his fighters for the World Championships held this December in Vietnam,
where Le has been asked to be the head coach for the entire USA Sanshou
Cung Le Official Website
Cung Le made his highly
anticipated mixed martial arts debut at SVE: Shamrock vs. Gracie on 10
March 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.
Cung Le and Javier Mendez (of American Kickboxing Academy) are
presenting Born To Fight VII, an annual amateur tournament and super
fight event. The tournaments are for men, women, and children. Born to
Fight VII will take place on August 18th, 2007 in the San Jose Civic
Cung Le defeated a long time MMA veteran
on March 29, 2008, in a highly anticipated 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
Le currently holds a MMA record of 6-0, with 1 knockout and 5 technical