Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le will return to action at Strikeforce: Evolution on December 19 in San Jose, California, according to Fanhouse, likely fighting Scott Smith at the Showtime-televised event.
Le (6-0) vacated the middleweight title in September after landing another movie role that would extend his 18-months of inactivity. Le, a decorated kickboxer, has fought exclusively for Strikeforce since transitioning to MMA in 2006, winning five-straight before earning the title with a third-round TKO of Frank Shamrock last year.
Smith (16-6), who went 1-3 in the UFC between 2006 and 2007, twice fought EliteXC middleweight champ Robbie Lawler in 2008, fighting to a no contest in their first bout before suffering a second-round TKO in their second meeting. Smith rebounded with back-to-back wins in Strikeforce over Terry Martin and Benji Radach, but was submitted by Nick Diaz in June in his most-recent fight.
Strikeforce: Evolution features Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Matt Lindland and the debut of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, and is also rumored to include the lightweight championship unification between title-holders Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez.