GRACIEMAG: You’re a Strikeforce fighter, but your contract ends after the Henderson fight. Do you ever think of going to the UFC and fighting guys like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre?
Jake Shields: I’m a fighter who takes it one opponent at a time and my next fight is in StrikeForce against Henderson. When you talk about guys like Anderson Silva and St.-Pierre, the best in the world, obviously I fight want to fight them. I want to be the best in the world and to be the best you have to beat the best.
If you could choose between fighting GSP or Anderson, who would you pick?
I’d pick St.-Pierre, because he weighs what I naturally weigh. Either way it’s a tough fight. GSP’s a complete fighter standing and on the ground. But that’s why I want to fight him, that’s the challenge. I want to test my skills and see what happens.
What would your MMA dream event be like?
I’d unite Strikeforce and the UFC, and I’d put on an event with their champions against ours, Melendez vs BJ Penn, Diaz vs GSP, Mousasi vs Machida, Fedor vs Lesnar, me vs Anderson. It would be a fantastic card!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m focused on winning a fight at a time. Now I’m focused on Dan Henderson for this fight and after that my contract with Strikeforce ends. I’ll talk with Strikeforce and the UFC to find out which one I will work for.
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