UFC fighter Cung Le having an animated discussion with local MMA media. Photo by Dennis Gasgonia for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – UFC middleweight Cung Le is now in the Philippines to do his share in helping out the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
On Wednesday evening, he will meet around 50 mixed martial arts (MMA) enthusiasts at the SkyFitness Manila in Pasig City for a benefit training that will also raise funds for the typhoon survivors.
The Vietnamese-American fighter said he is grateful for the opportunity to assist by doing the sport that he loves the most.
“Mark (Fischer) mentioned if I could help out with the relief, I said, 'Of course, let's make it work,'” he said during a casual lunch meeting at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City on Wednesday.
For his part, Fisher, who is the UFC's Asia managing director, thanked ABS-CBN's Balls Channel for arranging the benefit workout.
“Thanks to ABS-CBN for giving us a platform to this. They’ve been a great partner as always to make something like this happen,” he said.
Le joins a growing list of MMA fighters who have helped the typhoon victims, including the Philippines’ very own Mark Muñoz and Malaysian fighter Lias Mansor.
“Basically, it’s Mark's idea is to have me train here, give back and help out. I'm totally open to it,” Le said.
For P1,000, participants will be able to train with Le and will also be given a free “Tayo Na, Tabang Na” t-shirt.
Balls Channel head Jojo Neri-Estacio said they initially limited the slots to 30 due to the limited space at the SkyFitness training area.
However, they increased this to 50 participants due to the number of applicants who wanted to join Wednesday’s training.
“We're expecting na matutuwa ng husto 'yung magpa-participate because we have a legitimate fighter in Cung Le. He's also excited to do the seminar para makita kung anong level ba ang MMA ng mga Filipino,” the TV executive said.
Le, meanwhile, gave hints about the type of training he will give to Filipino MMA enthusiasts.
"If you have a good stand up, you gotta have the wrestling to make sure that you won’t be taken down," the former Strikeforce middleweight king said.
"If you do get taken down, you need to scramble in order to get up. You need everything. It’s very important to be a complete fighter."