I work very hard and I’ve been fighting for a long time and I’m very proud of the Strikeforce middleweight belt that I got. And at the same time as a martial artist, out of respect for all the competitors in the middleweight division, whose fighting for that opportunity to fight for the title, I feel that at this time I can’t defend my title because of everything that I got going on right now, because it would be November the CBS show with Fedor. So I think the right thing to do is to vacate the title so they can fight for the true middleweight title because I don’t think it’s right for them to fight for an interim title while I’m running off doing movies and promoting the movie I’m in Pandorum and my other projects I got going on. I feel for me out of respect for all the other middleweight contenders that I need to take a step back.
—Cung Le in an interview with MMA Fanhouse talking about why he decided to vacate the Strikeforce middleweight title
Cung says he definitely plans on returning to the cage, probably early next year, and doesn’t expect an immediate title shot when does. He wants to earn a chance to face the champion and feels he can do that with one or two wins.