1. The official Sherdog Store is back! Check it out! » Discuss it here! »

Prime Cung Le and Prime Pele were around the same time. Would love to have seen THAT! Who wins that

Discussion in 'Fantasy Matchup Discussion' started by I'm Shawn Spencer, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. I'm Shawn Spencer Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2019
    Messages:
    2,681
    Likes Received:
    729
    This would have been an amazing fight!

    Cung is 1 year older than Pele.

    Cung fought mostly at 185 lbs.
    Pele fought somewhere around 171 lbs? (correct me if I'm wrong)

    Pele fought Chuck LIddell (albeit it was only like Chuck's 2nd or 3rd pro fight) down in Brazil in Vale Tudo rules, and it went to decision after 30 mins. With Pele knocking Chuck down at one point with a head kick. Ima say that again, he knocked a young Chuck down with a head kick. Pele is usually considered the prototype to Anderson Silva. He had terrific striking and great takedowns.

    Pele holds wins over Matt Hughes, Pat Miletich and Cyborg Santos, among others.



    Cung Le used to only fight San Shou rules. He was a kicking highlight reel in human form, with outstanding takedown ability to boot. He didn't enter mma until later in his career. But still managed to make a name for himself in the sport despite the late start.

    Cung holds wins over Frank Shamrock (where he broke Frank's arm from a kick Frank actually blocked), Rich Franklin and Patrick Cote.




    These guys are basically the same age, and they were fighting in their primes at the same time. But they never crossed paths. And DAMN it would have been AMAZING if they had!!!!! These were 2 walking, talking human HL reels of violence. Would've been a phenomenal fight.







    vs





    Who do you think wins that?
     
  2. persian soldier Orange Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    Messages:
    411
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Montreal
    I'd take Pele. I feel like high level muay/dutch style kickboxing always bests any other forms of "flashy" kickboxing.
    See Nieky Holzken vs Raymond Daniels.
     
  3. coldredgatorade White Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Winner: USADA (TKO RD 1)
     
  4. OZ! Green Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    962
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    Texas
    Cung takes that in his prime. Pele was extremely hit and miss in his fights. He had it all, but often failed to put it together when it mattered. Cung has been nothing but consistent throughout his career, with his losses being to much larger, much younger guys. It would have been a super fun fight though. This is a great fantasy match-up.
     
  5. ticho123 Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,277
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    Northern Europe
    Mostly agree aside from the Wanderlei fight. That one is a blemish for sure, losing to Wanderlei at that point of his career. Scott Smith 1 might be said as well but that was the definition of a shit happens-fight for Cung.
     
  6. Thesnake101 Think about it, it worth it.

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Messages:
    13,508
    Likes Received:
    2,855
    Location:
    Having Fun
    As long as Cung doesn't get caught early, I'd take him. Pele's a dangerous guy, but he can be outlasted and didn't seem all that consistent.

    Definitely a nice fight.
     
  7. WONTONnPHO Orange Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Messages:
    430
    Likes Received:
    20
    Cung was a beast! I think he woulda eventually KO'd Pele
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.