Cung Le Faces True Test In Von Flue
November 2, 2006; New York, NY....Over the course of 16 professional kickboxing bouts and a pair of mixed martial arts contests, undefeated world San Shou kickboxing champion, Cung Le, has disposed of each of his opponents with little trouble. On Friday, December 8th, however, the 34-year-old superstar recognized for his unmatched throwing techniques will immerse himself in far deeper waters when he steps in the cage with former Spike TV reality fighter, Jason Von Flue, during Strikeforce's "Triple Threat" mixed martial arts cage fighting card at San Jose, California's HP Pavilion. .
"I definitely think he's a step or two up," said Le, a four-time K-1 Superfight winner and a two-time captain of The United States San Shou team that competed in Italy and China, respectively. "I think it's gonna be a really good fight because he likes to come forward and throw and that's what I like to do too. Sometimes matches are made that aren't crowd pleasing. I think this one is and we're gonna let it all hang out." .
Le's transition from the world of stand-up fighting to mixed martial arts has, thus far, been flawless. During his debut in the cage on Friday, March 10th, the Vietnamese American made quick work of fellow kickboxer Mike Altman, scoring a hard right hook to the head that sent Altman crumbling to the mat 3 minutes and 51 seconds into the fight that was also staged at the HP Pavilion. .
Von Flue is a product of The Pit, the famed training center that is also home to UFC light heavyweight king, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. "I'm an entirely different fighter. I never used to throw punches before I started with him," said Von Flue of the progression he's experienced since becoming a student of Pit owner and head trainer, John Hackleman, over three years ago. "Now, I prefer to stand up. I'm more of a striker these days." .
Tickets for Strikeforce "Triple Threat," which will be presented by BodogFIGHT, are on sale at Ticketmaster (408-998-TIXS) and Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com
) as well as at the HP Pavilion box office (408-287-7070). Tickets are priced at $200.00, $150.00, $100.00, $75.00, $50.00, and $40.00, and $30.00. .
The December 8th card will feature Strikeforce's first-ever 205 pound light heavyweight championship bout. Bobby Southworth, a veteran of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off with hard-hitting road warrior and K-1 and Pride Fighting Championship veteran, Vernon "Tiger" White, for the vacant crown. .
Strikeforce's 155 pound lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez, will likewise attempt to extend his perfect record to 14-0 when the San Francisco, California native is challenged for his crown by an opponent that has yet to be named. .
Another lightweight sensation, Josh "The Punk" Thomson, will also top the bill. On October 7th, the 28-year-old former NCAA Division I wrestler put forth what was arguably his strongest effort to date when he controlled world Muay Thai champion and K-1 Max contender, Duane "Bang" Ludwig, for over a round before finding an opportunity to force Ludwig into submission with a guillotine choke hold.
Unbeaten submission wrestling stylist and former World Wrestling Entertainment "Tough Enough" reality show winner, Daniel Puder, will make his fourth career mixed martial arts appearance during "Triple Threat."
This really does look like a stacked card. Jason von Flue will get KO'd pretty quick IMO. Cung Le is just to quick and powerful. I have not heard that this will be covered on PPV, does anyone know if there will be someway to watch it online.
P.S. the editing was to cut down on the excess from the article I wanted to keep it simple enough to allow trolls to read the article, due to their limited attention span.