Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le will reportedly be taking the rest of the year off from MMA to focus on his acting career. The news came from a recent interview with Strikeforce VP Mike Afromowitz.
“It’s good for us, having a movie star as a champion,” Afromowitz said. “As long he continues training, it helps our league with him the face of the organization. We try to support those types of things with our fighters.”
Le, who is currently undefeated in MMA with a record of 6-0, recently scored the biggest win of his short career when he took down UFC vet Frank Shamrock. Le and Shamrock are arguably the promotion’s two biggest stars and their fight in San Jose back in March was the most successful Strikeforce show to date. The event pulled in 15,192 live spectators for a gate of $1,100,000.
Le will be starring as “Marshall Law” in the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game “Tekken”. He also plays a part in upcoming film “Fighting”.
Additionally, Le has roles in the science-fiction/action film “Pandorum” as well as “The Take Down,” two movies that will also be released in 2009.
As far as Le’s first title defense is concerned, there are many possibilities for viable contenders between Strikeforce and EliteXC talent. The two companies have a history of co-promoting, including the Shamrock/Le showdown. Compelling matchups for Le include Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler, and recent Strikeforce signee and PRIDE veteran Kazuo Misaki.
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