May 16, 2008

Newly crowned Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has been selected to appear in the first-ever mixed martial arts trading card series manufactured by Donruss Trading Card Company.

Slated for release in mid-July, "Ring Kings," produced as an insert series for the larger Donruss "Americana II" set, will be comprised of approximately 30 different trading cards featuring a collection of the sport's top superstars. Several editions of the Le card, including an autographed version and a version containing swatches taken from Le's competition shorts, will be issued.

"We're excited to be able to include Cung in our program," said Scott Prusha, Marketing Director for Donruss. "Cung is an extremely exciting fighter and winning the Strikeforce championship was really a big thing."

Le's third round TKO of mixed martial arts legend Frank Shamrock, which aired live on Showtime on Saturday, March 29, earned the undefeated Vietnamese-born fighter the Strikeforce world title and marked his greatest professional victory to date.

Prior to entering the world of mixed martial arts in 2006, Le pioneered the Chinese combat discipline of San Shou kickboxing, which incorporates devastating throwing techniques as well as striking, and amassed a perfect 16-0 record in the world of professional kickboxing. Several of his conquests in the kickboxing ring have aired repeatedly on ESPN and ESPN2.

More recently, Le has been touted as Hollywood's next big martial arts film star. His role in the forthcoming release, Fighting, co-starring Terrence Howard, will mark Le's debut on the silver screen. Le was also recently cast in the silver screen adaptation of smash hit video game franchise, Tekken, slated for release next year.

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