Cung Le poked hundreds of holes in his foot and sucked the blood out just to fix a bone bruise

Let’s hope this article doesn’t fall off as hard as True Blood did the past two seasons. Nothing is remarkable or unique when everyone has some sort of metaphysical power. There’s no need to bring fairies in my vampire stories. Let’s stick to the hard-ass blood sucking next season and we’ll pretend like my television didn’t get overrun by dirty hippie fairy godmothers last season. You can still fix this, True Blood. Not all hope is lost.

When it comes to haphazardly sticking hole in flesh in order to extract blood, Cung Le is an expert at it. In this interview with Ben Fowlkes from MMAFighting, he talks about the ‘bloodletting’ practice he used to alleviate his bone bruise just in time for UFC on Fuel TV 6.

It turned out he’d merely suffered a very bad bone bruise, Le said. But at 40 years old and with a fighting style that depends heavily on his ability to kick effectively and often, that’s not exactly an injury you just shrug off. Which is where the bloodletting comes in.

The way it works, according to Le, is that once a week for five weeks you have someone poke “about 50 holes” in your foot with a special needle. Then they take a suction cup and use it to pull the stagnant blood out of your injured foot like dirty bathwater flowing down the drain. Next week they come back and do it all over again.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, it “hurts like crazy,” Le said.

Of course it hurts like crazy, Cung. I can’t imagine a scenario in which forcefully withdrawing blood using hundreds of holes lodged in your foot could be comforting.

Published on October 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm
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