A lot of fans are going to say that Shields doesn't deserve an opportunity for high-caliber fight.
Shields returned to middleweight division at UFC 150 in August and defeated Ed Herman via unanimous decision. Shields announced last month via a press release that he used a prohibited substance before the bout with Herman and was suspended six months by the Colorado Boxing Commission.
Shields and Le have a history with each other. Le, after winning the Strikeforce middleweight title from Frank Shamrock, ended up never defending the title due to movies he was shooting, and he relinquished the belt.
Strikeforce then had a fight between Shields and Jason "Mayhem" Miller for the belt vacated by Le in November of 2009 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers. Shields defeated Miller by unanimous decision to win the title.
Shields, after the fight, called Le out saying Le was afraid to fight him. The fight never materialized as Le fought two more times in Strikeforce going 1-1 against Smith.
Shields had one more fight left on his Strikeforce, beat Dan Henderson in April of 2010 and then signed with the UFC.
Shields doesn't come off his suspension until February and Le stated in a post-fight interview that he is going to take time off to heal his foot.
That will be enough time for both to prepare and then settle the feud.