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Old 08-23-2014, 04:53 PM   #11
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You mean Anderson right? I totally agree. Good grappler, no doubt. The switch from the Marquardt fight was dope as hell. Plus he obviously had some great submission cred.

But wrestling was indeed a weakness. WW hasn't been that stacked with high level grapplers for a while, but I think the ones that are and have been around, especially the one that nearly upset Silva, would mostly beat Cung in their respective primes.
Yes Anderson and Cung Le too. Cung Le had very good MMA grappling for a guy who did not come from that powerful NCAA/Olympic (which is what I meant by American wrestling) background. The Cote fight among others was proof of that. Le was not simply a one dimensional striker.

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:08 PM   #12
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In the current MW landscape I think he would get mauled by most top 10s but he would be consistently ranked in the 8-15 range.

If he took the same path as Anderson Silva I think he could have done very well and likely would have gotten the belt. Not sure if his reign would last as long as Silva's did (Could of easily lost to Hendo, Maia and Chael, maybe Okami as well).

Hard to tell how his ground game would have evolved if he was going full time.

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Yes Anderson and Cung Le too. Cung Le had very good MMA grappling for a guy who did not come from that powerful NCAA/Olympic (which is what I meant by American wrestling) background. The Cote fight among others was proof of that. Le was not simply a one dimensional striker.
Well, yeah. "For a guy who..."

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:13 PM   #14
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Le was a juco champion wrestler in Cali, also has black belts in judo and tkd. He would be a monster if in his athletic prime.

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This has been speculated on since the 90s. Cung stuck to San Shao where they was no competition. He fought mid/low level kick boxers with no understanding of takedowns and mid/low level mma fighters with shit stand up and managed to stay undefeated in a sport no one seemed to understand but him.

The oppurtunity was there for him when he was in his prime, and he didn't want any of it. So who gives a shit about speculating about what might have been.

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Who knows he started so late.

Coulda been champ for sure

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:18 PM   #17
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Cung Le 25-35 at 170 would have been a serious force. maybe champ.

40 year old Cung Le KO's Rich Franklin at 185, and competes with other decent 185 fighters.

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