Cung Le has vacated the Strikeforce middleweight title he’s failed to defend since winning it early last year and contenders Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller are now set to square off for the belt on November 7 on the undercard of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers on CBS.
Le (6-0) won the 185-pound championship with a third-round TKO victory over Frank Shamrock in March 2008, but had yet to defend the title as movie roles prevented him from returning to the cage. According to MMA Weekly, Le recently secured another movie deal and has opted to relinquish the title after 18-months of inactivity.
Shields (23-4-1), the former EliteXC welterweight champion who is currently riding a 12-fight win streak that includes victories over Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, and Nick Thompson, last fought in June, submitting Robbie Lawler in the opening round of the catchweight contest.
Miller (22-6) fought to a no contest against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in May and the pair had been expected to rematch for DREAM’s middleweight title in September, but both fighters have now joined Strikeforce’s 185-pound roster. Since 2006, Miller is 8-2 with wins over the likes of Lawler, Hiromitsu Miura, Tim Kennedy, and Kala Hose, while suffering losses to notables “Jacare” and Frank Trigg.