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MattHughesRocks
09-18-2009, 01:41 AM
LE STEPS DOWN; SHIELDS VS. LAWLER FOR 185 BELT
Thursday, September 17, 2009 - by Steven Marrocco - MMAWeekly.com


Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Thursday confirmed to MMAWeekly that his middleweight champion, Cung Le, has booked another major motion picture role and will relinquish his belt.

Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will now vie for the undisputed title under the eye of CBS when the two meet at the promotion’s network debut Nov. 7 at location to be announced early next week. A report on ESPN.com says the Sears Center Arena in Chicago is under close consideration, citing sources close to the situation. The telecast will air live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. E.S.T. Coker was unaware whether the broadcast would be tape delayed to other parts of the country.

“I had a conversation with Cung and he has a lot of respect for Jake and Jason, and he’s got another movie coming up, so he’s asked me if he could step down, which we’re going to honor his request,” said Coker. “By no means does that mean he’s going to be retired, but he’s going to be unavailable for the next two months.”

Coker said he hoped to book the newly minted movie star again after his filming obligations completed, though nothing was confirmed.

“With Cung, every six weeks we’ll be checking back with him,” he continued. “Now that he’s not going to be our title holder, we’ll put him in some big super fights and continue his MMA career, but not have the pressure of defending his belt when he has movie opportunities.”

Miller and Shields were expected to face off in October, but the bout, and event, never materialized. Both pointed the finger at one another for the delay. Miller on Thursday afternoon confirmed the fight via his official Twitter account, stating, “I duck NO ONE.”

Shields was unavailable for comment, but his manager/father, Jack Shields, said “we’re just pleased it’s happening. We’re happy to be back with CBS. With both of them doing show, I’m sure it will create a lot of interest, and we’re really happy to be on the card with Fedor.”

Miller (29-6-1) hosts the MTV reality show “Bully Beatdown,” on which Shields has made multiple appearances. He last fought in late May, where an inadvertent knee he threw in a middleweight title bid against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza forced a no contest stoppage.

Shields (28-4), a former EliteXC welterweight champion, defeated former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler in early June, stepping up from welterweight to a contested limit of 182 lbs. in Strikeforce’s second major card televised by Showtime Networks.

Neezar
09-18-2009, 02:57 AM
LE STEPS DOWN; SHIELDS VS. LAWLER FOR 185 BELT
Thursday, September 17, 2009 - by Steven Marrocco - MMAWeekly.com



:dry: Boy did I get excited for a minute.

Neezar
09-18-2009, 02:58 AM
I got Shields. Didn't even have to think about it.

KENTUCKYREDBONE
09-18-2009, 07:56 AM
I hope he makes some big bucks off Hollywood then go's back to MMA!

Llamafighter
09-18-2009, 01:04 PM
Robbie should get the winner. Or at least fight Radach for contendership.

VCURamFan
09-18-2009, 01:42 PM
Robbie should get the winner. Or at least fight Radach for contendership.
I don't think that Radach should be in the contention picture since he just lost to Smith.

Llamafighter
09-18-2009, 01:48 PM
I don't think that Radach should be in the contention picture since he just lost to Smith.

Who is then? does Strikefore have Villansenor? Robbie needs to be in the UFC where he will always have worthy opponents.

Vizion
09-18-2009, 02:00 PM
Cung Le is nothing...he is not in the UFC. The worst fighter in the UFC could beat the best fighter in Strikeforce....

er somethin...:laugh:

VCURamFan
09-18-2009, 02:54 PM
Who is then? does Strikefore have Villansenor? Robbie needs to be in the UFC where he will always have worthy opponents.
You'll never hear me dipute that, bro. Here's the MWs that Strikeforce has on their payroll:

Zak Cummings

Record: 10-0
Streak: 10 wins
Notable Opponents: Terry Martin (W)

Cory Devala

Record: 9-4
Streak: 2 losses
Notable Opponents: Matt Horwich (L), Ed Herman (L), Joe Riggs (W), Terry Martin (L)

Nick Diaz

Record: 20-7, 1 NC
Streak: 5 wins
Notable Opponents: Chris Lytle (W), Jeremy Jackson (Wx2&L), Robbie Lawler (W), Karo Parisyan (L), Diego Sanchez (L), Joe Riggs (L), Sean Sherk (L), Takanori Gomi (NC), Frank Shamrock (W), Scott Smith (W)

Tim Kennedy

Record: 10-2
Streak: 2 wins
Notable Opponents: Scott Smith (L), Mayhem (W&L), Ryan McGivern (W), Nick Thompson (W)

Eric Lawson

Record: 9-2
Streak: 5 wins
Notable Opponents: None

Terry Martin

Record: 18-8
Streak: 3 losses
Notable Opponents: Chael Sonnen (W), Jason Lambert (L), Chris Leben (L), Vitor Belfort (L), Scott Smith (L)

Jason "Mayhem" Miller

Record: 22-6
Streak: 1 win, 1 NC
Notable Opponents: Chael Sonnen (L), Dennis Kang (W), Tim Kennedy (W&L), GSP (L), Robbie Lawler (W), Frank Trigg (L), Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (L&NC)

Kazuo Misaki

Record: 22-9-2, 1 NC
Streak: 1 win
Notable Opponents: Chris Lytle (L), Nate Marquardt (Lx2), Jake Shields (Draw), Ed Herman (W), Dan Henderson (W&L), Phil Baroni (W), Paulo Filho (L), Denis Kang (W), Frank Trigg (L), Joe Riggs (W)

Trevor Prangley

Record: 21-5
Streak: 4 wins
Notable Opponents: Chael Sonnen (W&L), Renato "Babalu" Sobral (L), Matt Horwhich (W), Travis Lutter (W), Jeremy Horn (L)

Joe Riggs

Record: 30-10
Streak: 2 wins
Notable Opponents: Herb "The Ref" Dean (W), Kendall Grove (W), Joe Doerkson (W), Chris Lytle (W), Matt Hughes (L), Nick Diaz (W), Mike Swick (L), Diego Sanchez (L), Phil Baroni (W)

Luke Rockhold

Record: 5-1
Streak: 4 wins
Notable Opponents: None

Evangelisto Santos

Record: 16-13
Streak: 2 losses
Notable Opponents: Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons (L), Mauricio Rua (L), Yuki Kondo (L), Gegard Mousasi (L), Joey Villasenor (L)

Frank Shamrock

Record: 23-10-2
Streak: 2 losses
Notable Opponents: Bas Rutten (W&Lx2), Yuki Kondo (L), Jeremy Horn (W), Tito Ortiz (W), Cesar Gracie (W), Renzo Gracie (L), Phil Baroni (W), Cung Le (L), Nick Diaz (L)

Scott Smith

Record: 16-6
Streak: 1 loss
Notable Opponents: Tim Kennedy (W), Pete Sell (W), Patrick Cote (L), Ed Herman (L), Robbie Lawler (NC&L), Terry Martin (W), Benji Radach (W), Nick Diaz (L)

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza

Record: 10-2, 1 NC
Streak: 1 loss, 1 NC
Notable Opponents: Jason "Mayhem" Miller (W&NC), Gegard Mousasi (L)

Looking simply at streak-length (for who's in line to get a title shot) & "strength of schedule", I'd have to say that the only fight that makes sense right now is Nick Diaz.

Llamafighter
09-18-2009, 05:12 PM
Yeah that sounds good to me. I'd love to see Robbie get that loss back. That was an awesome fight in the UFC

atomdanger
09-18-2009, 08:54 PM
Le never intended to stay and be an MMA fighter IMO.
He isn't doing huge movie roles, he isn't some blockbuster star,
but his foot is in the door and that is what I think he wanted out of MMA.