EXCLUSIVE | Gary Owens talks Cung Le | UFC News
If you don’t know who Gary Owens is – you should. He has been a driving force behind some of the most recognizable names in MMA. He trains the military, professional sports teams, and MMA athletes on a regular basis.
One of the most notable athletes under his care is middleweight standout Cung Le. Le is the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and his destruction of Frank Shamrock opened many eyes to the level of his abilities. Cung is currently training for a fight with heavy handed striker Patrick Cote at UFC 148. Owens opened up about his training.
“His training is going awesome. He’s got guys like myself, Scott Sheeley, and Javier Mendez behind him and we’re pushing him to get better. Cung is ready to prove he is one of the best in the UFC in this fight against Patrick”.
Cote stepped in for Rich Franklin’s spot at UFC 148 after Franklin replaced an injured Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 147. Cung’s camp was admittedly a little disappointed.
“Obviously it’s a little bit of a letdown. As a fighter you get geared up and you get a game plan going. You have to scrap that so it’s a little bit of a letdown. Rich Franklin is an amazing fighter and Cung really wanted this fight. He’s happy with his new opponent of course because Cote will bring his A game. Both fights made for an interesting night. Cung just wants to get in there and get a win. That’s the bottom line”.
After the substitution was announced, initially Le had to take a step back according to Gary.
“He just took a day to collect himself. If you know Cung like I do then you know he bounces back right away. It definitely, with any fight you get geared up for someone and it gets taken away. That’s hard. He had to collect himself and get ready for the next guy. It’s unfortunate that it happened at this level due to injuries and what not. It is what it is and Cung is still ready to get in there and bang”.
Gary knows all too well the effects an injury. As a fighter himself Gary was disappointed on more than one occasion, but because of those disappointments he can better prepare the people he trains.
“I remember fighting as an amateur I would drive like 3 ½ hours away. You didn’t even know if your opponent would show up. You get there and your opponent backs out. It’s the nature of the business and like Cung did you have to adapt”.