Cung Le Relinquishes Strikeforce Gold in Favor of the Silver Screen

Written by Tom Ngo
September 18th, 2009

Late Thursday evening, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed that middleweight champ Cung Le has signed on to appear in another major motion picture role and will be forced to relinquish his belt.

With last night’s announcement of Strikeforce’s all-of-the-sudden extremely relevant November 7th CBS card, Coker has confirmed that the Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller middleweight belt will indeed be for Le’s now vacated title.

5thRound.com exclusively reported on August 24th that Miller would take on Shields after a source close to the Miller camp confirmed with us that the bout was all but signed.

It wasn’t until Thursday night that the bout was made official after Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz told 5thRound.com, “Yes, this fight is confirmed.”

“I had a conversation with Cung and he has a lot of respect for Jake and Jason, and he’s got another movie coming up, so he’s asked me if he could step down, which we’re going to honor his request,” Coker told MMAWeekly. “By no means does that mean he’s going to be retired, but he’s going to be unavailable for the next two months.”

Coker did go on to say that he’ll be keeping in touch with Le and hopes to book him for a couple of superfights where Le won’t have the pressure of having to defend his title.

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