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Cung Le calls it quits, Shields vs. Mayhem set for vacant Strikeforce MW title on CBS

Jake ShieldsWith the opening of Pandorum set to open in theatres next week, Cung Le has decided to move to acting full time, at least temporarily.

The Strikeforce middleweight champion has officially stepped down from his position according to CEO Scott Coker in a report from

Cung Le, who has been busy making movies the past year or so, hasn’t defended the title since winning it against Frank Shamrock back in March 2008.

With the decision of Le stepping down, Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller will now decide the vacant middleweight title. The title bout is now set for the newly announced November 7th card on CBS. The event will be headlined by the heavyweight bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers

Speaking on Cung Le’s decision, Coker said “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. By no means does that mean he’s going to be retired, but he’s going to be unavailable for the next two months.”

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