Mixed Martial Arts star Cung Le recently shared the story of his family’s escape from Vietnam to MMA Junkie.
Le is scheduled to face Michael Bisping next week in Macau.
“We had two hours to pack our bag,” recalled Le who lives in California’s Silicon Valley. “Everyone could bring one suitcase. My father, he wasn’t apart of it. Just my mom had to endure a lot because she was alone.
“I was in 7th grade. What kept me in practice there were a lot of fathers in there watching over their kids and pushing them. I would always look up to the kid because basically he had a father and I didn’t. It made me more hungry. For some reason that made me work harder.
The things that gone on made me respect my mom even more. Everything she had endured, from leaving the country under the war, speaking no English and only speaking Vietnamese and raising me as a single parent, working multiple jobs, sending money back to my father and then finding out he started another family was definitely hard. That’s the most difficult thing for me.”
You can watch the entire interview with Le and his thoughts on his father in MMA Junkie.