Middleweight Scott Smith has re-signed with Strikeforce, recently agreeing to a new six-fight deal, according to his agent, Mike Roberts, who confirmed the news on Monday to Fanhouse.
Smith (16-6) will return to action at a yet-unannounced December Strikeforce event and has his sights set on fighting former champ Frank Shamrock or Benji Radach.
A former WEC light heavyweight champion, Smith dropped his UFC debut in 2006 to David Terrell then appeared as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 4, losing in the opening round to Travis Lutter. “Hands of Steel” rebounded at the TUF 4 Finale, scoring a second-round knockout of Pete Sell, but would leave the UFC following losses to Patrick Cote and Ed Herman. Smith re-surfaced in EliteXC, fighting champ Robbie Lawler to a no contest in their first meeting before suffering a second-round TKO in a rematch.
After the collapse of EliteXC, Smith debuted in Strikeforce with back-to-back wins over Terry Martin and Benji Radach before being submitted by Nick Diaz in his most-recent bout in June.
Strikeforce has yet to formally announce its December card, which will air live on Showtime, but the promotion has reportedly reserved December 5 and December 12 as potential dates for an event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. If Strikeforce follows through with either date it will put itself in direct competition with a major UFC event: The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, featuring Kimbo Slice, on the 5th or UFC 107, headlined by BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez, on the 12th.