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Scott Smith Guaranteed a Rubber Match If Cung Le Takes Their Second Fight Saturday Night


("Man…I just had deja vu.")

According to Scott Smith’s manager Mike Roberts in an interview he did with his fighter for Sherdog.com, if Cung Le wins their second showdown on Saturday night, "Hands of Steel" will get a guaranteed rematch.

"I told Strikeforce when we accepted this fight that if Scott were to lose, there was going to be a third fight," said Roberts. "I don’t think Scott’s going to lose this fight, but if it were to happen, there’d have to be a rubber match."


Like most fans and pundits, Roberts didn’t see a need for a rematch as he felt his charge has nothing to gain and plenty to lose by facing Le a second time in as many bouts.

"I just don’t think there’s a lot for Scott to gain from fighting Cung Le again," said Roberts. "If he loses, then you obviously have to turn around and have a third fight, but if he wins, he’s just beaten the same guy two times in a row. What does Scott gain from another win over Cung Le? The only reason to have this rematch is that it’s a great fight that fans want to watch." 

Beating the former Strikeforce middleweight champion who controlled their first fight for all but a dozen seconds hypothetically should have propelled Smith up the ladder of contenders to probable outgoing champion Jake Shields‘ title, and as such, a match against someone like Dan Henderson or Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza would have made more sense for Smith career-wise. But like his UFC counterpart, Rich Franklin, Smith is a consummate company man who fights whomever Strikeforce puts in front of him in the hopes that his hard work and dedication will lead to a title shot.

"I feel like beating Cung makes me the top contender or in a situation where I [could] get a title shot if I get one more win," said Smith. "But I’m more concerned about being in good fights rather than being in title fights.

"There isn’t anybody in particular I’d like to face if I win, but the 185-pound weight class in Strikeforce is really tough, so I know whoever I face is going to be tough."

Strikeforce president Scott Coker has stated that the winner of the fight will likely be added to the promotion’s planned middleweight tournament that is tentatively set to start in July. 

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EvilScott- June 24, 2010 at 7:14 am
Meh, I think Smith realizes the Strikeforce title is kind of meaningless. Of course he wants big fights over title fights.
Harry Sack- June 24, 2010 at 7:09 am
Cyborg is such a butch-bad-ass that she makes her husband (er) bitch use HER nickname to identify himself to the MMA world.
Scott Smith loses in the first round here folks - nothing to see - move along
I know it sucks to say it like that - he's been in some serious wars. But c'mon he's spent like 10 of his nine lives...his streak of last second heroics has got to come to an end here...Right?
Hinarf- June 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm
Really? That's how this works? We're in need of more fighters.
rlh61- June 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm
@Get Off Me...I'm still laughing...
jimbonics- June 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Strikeforce has like 8 fighters, so of course there would be a rubber match.

Where have you gone, Pete Sell?
DangadaDang- June 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm
Smith is the fucking man, I don't care what anyone says. His fight with Benji Radach is one of my all time favs
Sabado Gigante- June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm
I'd much rather watch Martinez/Zimmer II
justscrappin- June 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm
I bet if Le wins the first two rounds this time.....he will turn into Kalib Starnes in the third.
joe sons balls- June 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm
how great will it be if le dominates for 2 rounds and the same shit happens again?
justscrappin- June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm
What's that off in the distance? Why would someone put a cart in front of a horse? Carts can't pull horses...but horses can pull carts.
Get Off Me- June 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Scott Smith v. Cung Le is a match that is not Scott Smith v. Nick Diaz.

^^^^^That is exactly what Scott Smith has to gain by fighting Cung Le. He won't get hit with 200+ shots by Nick Diaz again.

@El Guapo
Which one? The guy who just smoked Zaromskis or the smaller guy who's fighting Finney?
jgrant- June 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm
I hope Smith wins because Strikeforce just wants Le to save his name value.

By that same token I hope Frankie Edgar beats BJ Penn in their rematch for the same reasons.
El Guapo- June 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm
If Cung Le loses I'll make love to Cyborg. THAT'S how confident I am!


anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- June 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm
"I just don't think there's a lot for Scott to gain from fighting Cung Le again"

2nd fight for lawler and manhoff?
failingev0lution- June 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm
no one wants to see a rubber match, so I guess I have to hope Cung Le loses again.
montanamonster- June 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Hard not to like both these guys. The first fight was wicked entertaining. Can't see how this wont end violently. Good rematch.
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