Cung Le Donates Fight Night 48 Sponsorship Money to Vietnamese Orphanage
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.21.2014
Le giving back to his native homeland…
Ahead of UFC Fight Night 48, UFC middleweight fighter Cung Le paid a visit to his native country of Vietnam in order to donate his sponsorship money for his upcoming fight with Michael Bisping to a local orphanage in the country. Below are some highlights of Le discussing the visit in a recent interview:
Le on visiting the orphanage: "I spent my day off going to this orphanage that was part of a temple. Basically, instead of taking the money from (my sponsors), I spent the money and bought a ton of rice and toys and candy, and gave the abbot there the rest of the money."
Le on his emotional trip: "I knew how crazy it was, but when I showed up there, it was very emotional. He only takes kids that were abandoned, and a lot of the kids, they have issues. Whether it's with nerve damage or with brain swelling. It was something amazing for me to see."
Le on the monk who runs the orphanage: "He's one of those monks and has heard of me, but he doesn't follow the sport. He just says, ‘You're the famous guy.' And I said, ‘I guess so.' Then he just took me and showed me what I donated, where it's going. It was pretty intense for me."
Le on why he donated to the orphanage: "I just wanted to do something nice. I felt like what I donated was just a start. I'm going to try to help out more because this is more of a nicer orphanage. I can imagine how the other ones are."
Le on Bisping's pressure for their bout: "He's got more pressure than me. It's a must-win for him. He put the pressure by saying he's going to beat pole-to-pole and pillar-to-pillar. Let him put that pressure on himself. It's not going to be easy beating me up, so I'm looking forward to it."