Champion Cung Le

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le will make his much anticipated return to the cage at the promotion’s year-end show “Evolution” on Dec. 19 in San Jose, Calif.

The heavy-handed Scott Smith, in his first appearance since a June submission loss to Nick Diaz at “Shields vs. Lawler,” will welcome the fighter/actor back to the cage.

In September, Le relinquished the middleweight belt citing a busy filming schedule as the reason he was unable to defend his title. He had not defended his title since last March when he defeated Frank Shamrock to win the belt.

The 37-year-old Vietnamese-born fighter recently had a starring role in the major motion picture “Pandorum” starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster and is due on screens this fall in the martial arts flick “Tekken.”

Smith, 30, migrated to Strikeforce last September when his EliteXC contract was bought out by the San Jose promotion. The former union steel worker and UFC veteran defeated Terry Martin and Benji Radach before falling prey to Diaz.

At press time, it was unclear whether the Le/Smith bout would headline the December event.

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