"For me, potentially I have another project, and I know I’m not in fight shape right now, and I think I should vacate my title because it’s not fair to them who their livelihood is fighting for an interim title when I’m here running around making movies and doing something different. It does not mean that I’m retiring; I’m just doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do ... because I’m not ready to step up in the next coming months and fight five-rounders. I definitely intend to return, and I know for a fact that I will return, but I can’t just jump back in and be able to go five rounds at peak level when I left (after) the fight with Frank (Shamrock)."
Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le talks about his absence from the promotion after churning 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 it will be no sooner than 2010 before he returns. Fortunately Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will create an interim title in his absence that Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields are scheduled to fight for on Nov. 7 live on CBS. It’s already been well over a year since Le captured the belt from Frank Shamrock in his hometown of San Jose and definitely plans on returning — but will the then 37-year-old Le still have the chops to compete in the new-look Strikeforce?