by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The “Comeback Kid” is looking to come back already.
Despite a tough loss to Cung Le in June, Scott Smith is ready to get back on the horse. He’s asking Strikeforce for a shot in the promotion’s upcoming middleweight tournament.
Originally scheduled to crown a new champion, the proposed Strikeforce tournament will instead find a top contender to face the new titleholder that will be crowned on Aug. 21 when Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza takes on Tim Kennedy.
Smith’s manager, Mike Roberts from MMA Inc., says he’s already put a call in to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker about getting “Hands of Steel” in the tournament, whenever it happens.
“I just sent a text message to Scott Coker today cause I keep hearing about this tournament. I sent him a text message today and I said we want in that tournament,” said Roberts when talking to MMAWeekly Radio.
The other fight that still interests Smith is a rubber match down the road with Cung Le. In the first fight, Smith knocked Le out late in the final round, handing the former middleweight champion his first career loss. Le got revenge in June, handing Smith a TKO loss after following a vicious body kick with punches on the ground.
Smith knows that there will be a third fight, and he knows it’s something the fans will want to watch.
“There will be a third Cung Le fight,” Roberts stated. “Cung owes it to us. We didn’t have to take this last fight. There was nothing for Scott to gain, nothing. It was only a (losing situation). The fans will want to see it again because for one thing, neither fight was boring.”
Strikeforce has yet to officially announce anything in regards to the middleweight tournament, but they are expected to still do one at some point later this year. With Kennedy and de Souza tied up in the title fight, there are still plenty of 185-pound contenders for the promotion to fill the tournament brackets, and Smith wants in.