Flashy former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le will be meeting with Strikeforce executives next week to discuss a possible return to the cage, according to MMAFighting.com.
MMAFighting spoke with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who revealed that the Sanshou and kickboxing expert will be welcomed back to the promotion with open arms should he decided to take a break from his burgeoning film career.
“Now that he’s back from Hong Kong and China, we’re scheduled to talk next week,” Coker said. Le was in the countries filming and promoting upcoming movies. “If Cung wants to fight, the invitation will be there. Hopefully he’ll want to continue because he’s an amazing athlete and fighter. He’s been one of the pillars of Strikeforce in building this company. I certainly hope he continues to fight.”
Le’s entire MMA career has been spent competing in Strikeforce, where defeated Frank Shamrock in 2008 to earn the Strikeforce middleweight title. Le vacated the title shortly thereafter to focus on making movies, but has returned to the cage twice since in two bouts against Scott Smith. Coker told MMAFighting that the only things standing in the way of Le’s return are his film commitments/schedule.
“He’s doing very well with the Hong Kong and Chinese film markets, as well as some projects in America,” he said. “So it’s a scheduling thing. It’s going to be something that could happen. He’ll have to determine if he wants to, and if he has the time.”
Le has not appeared in action since June of 2010, where he avenged his only loss — which came via knockout against Scott Smith in his prior Strikeforce appearance in 2009 — at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum by TKOing Smith in the second.