With speculation regarding who the next opponent may be for Anderson Silva, rumors have been flying around as interest from willing challengers also continues to pour in. As of late the consensus amongst fans for the most viable option seems to be Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold and Rashad Evans.
However one other option was recently mentioned by Silva’s manager Ed Soares as a potential opponent, someone that many would not have expected, and that’s none other than talented Middleweight journeyman Cung Le.
Le was a recent guest on the MMA hour with Ariel Helwani, and after hearing the rumor he simply stated:
"If the fight would ever happen, I wouldn’t be scared because he’s pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world," he said. "I’d be excited to see how I do, whether I get beat up or whatever. It doesn't matter. That’s why we compete. That's why we challenge ourselves. That's what makes us who we are, and I love the challenge."
"If the UFC wants me to fight after our discussion, I’m totally open for it."
Le just so happens to be on a two fight winning streak with a unanimous decision victory over the very dangerous Patrick Cote and an absolutely brutally devastating KO against MMA superstar and former Middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin.
While these aren’t exactly the credentials of a #1 contender, you can’t argue that they're not very far off. As old as he is, Cung Le has looked impressive in the octagon and regardless of relevance, could be considered a lock as the most entertaining matchup in the Middleweight division for champion Anderson Silva.
Although with a realistic perspective on both his time and options left, Le remains open-minded to all possibilities:
"For me, I don’t mind either way. I’m just happy that I’m in the mix. There’s a lot of great fighters out there. Chris, Luke Rockhold is another name that people should watch out for. I’m open for whatever. Whether it’s fighting, coaching or doing movies."
While it may not make the most logical sense, a potential matchup between these two would most definitely be a sight to behold and an almost guaranteed night of fireworks. And let's face it, we've seen matchups that made less sense.