Strikeforce has recently confirmed the highly anticipated rematch between heavy-handed Scott "Hand of Steel" Smith (17-6) and former middleweight champion Cung Le (6-1) for this month's Fedor vs. Werdum card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
This bout will mark the second consecutive time that both fighters have gone to war against each other. The first engagement, last December, provided fans with an action packed three rounds of Cung Le dominating Smith with his deadly accurate strikes, including his infamous spinning back kicks, until Smith bounced back in one of the greatest MMA comebacks ever.
At around the three minute mark of the final round, Smith landed two dynamite punches that leveled Le to the mat where he was finished, suffering his first career MMA loss.
"This was one helluva fight,'' said Smith afterward. "He had me the first two-and-a-half rounds, but I've got a hard head. On the knockdowns, I faked the right and threw the left. Everyone always looks for my right, but the left hook is my best punch."
Smith, who is becoming notorious for his participation in all-out slugfests, further explained his affinity towards the hard earned, grinded out matches he's won by comeback.
"It took me until the third round to close the gap on him, but once I did and he began to drop his hands, I could sense things were starting to go my way. That's when I feinted with the right and landed the left. It never matters who I fight. I just want these types of tough fights," explained the 31 year-old Nevada native.
It's not the first time Smith has rallied back from near defeat to capture a victory and admiration of fans.
Back in April of last year, Smith and Benji Radach threw everything and the kitchen sink at each other, connecting with vicious punches in a closely contested match, until MMA's favorite "Comeback Kid" indeed came back for a knockout victory in the third round.
Like Radach, Cung Le was blindsided by the loss and has been revving up his war-cry for a rematch ever since. Despite being vocal about the rematch, Le offered no excuses for his loss against Smith back in December.
"He got the best of me last time with a good punch,'' Le said. "We both fought our hearts out that night, but I've wanted a chance to turn the tables on him since that fight ended and now my opportunity is here. I am very excited to fight a warrior like Scott again.
"The fans in San Jose and those watching on SHOWTIME are in for a great fight again between Smith and me and a great night of fights.''