Strikeforce to offer Jake Shields interim middleweight title fight for October

Easy Cung, easy go.

It's been nearly a year and a half since San Shou dynamo Cung Le usurped the 185-pound title from Frank Shamrock at the Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Le" event way back in March 2008.

To put things in perspective, Le won the title when Evan Tanner was still alive, Kimbo Slice was the star of Elite XC and Matt Serra was the UFC welterweight champion.

Yeah, it's been a while.

One person who's tired of waiting for Le to make his first title defense is former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields, the grappling phenom who recently submitted Robbie Lawler in his Strikeforce debut to notch his twelfth straight win.

So what's the hold up?

Le took a not-so-temporary leave of absence to churn out an assortment of upcoming movie roles. He already has two movies set to be released in the near future, including the big screen version of the popular video game "Tekken" in which Le will play the role of Marshall Law.

With three more movies in progress, CEO Scott Coker told TapouT Radio that he intends to create an interim title until the champ can return. And first on his list of potential candidates is Shields, who will be offered an interim title fight this October against an opponent to be named later.

Coker added that the winner of the interim title will likely face Le at the end of this year to unify the belts. That could potentially set up a Shileds vs. Le match up to close out the year.

And what a year it's been for the San Jose-based organization.

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