Jake Shields considering move to UFC

source: graciemag.com

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 ShieldsI’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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The Sultan site profile image  

3/16/10 7:20 PM by The Sultan

 would be cool to see Shields mixing it up in the UFC.  Hopefully he works on his striking diligently because the UFC's got some good strikers even though a lot of the WW's are wrestlers.

super chin site profile image  

3/16/10 7:19 PM by super chin

seriously get out of here with that nonsense. as another poster said...shields is way more deserving than hardy and cote were. and melendez is questionable? i guess he doesn't have the resume at lw that diego sanchez or joe stevenson did? please. diaz, mousasi, shields, and of course fedor would all rightfully fight for a title. only a fanboi wouldn't want that card.

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3/16/10 7:02 PM by Gullivers Travels

Not really a big surprise considering he's publicly stated his interest in the UFC before. If I remember correctly, Cindy O said Coker does have a champion clause in his contracts, but that could mean plenty of things. I'd love to see him at 170 in the UFC, and feel a loss to Hendo wouldn't really mean much since he is naturally a WW and only fought at 185 due to the thin division in SF.

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

3/16/10 6:53 PM by ChokeEmOut

 What sucks is that after he loses to Henderson, will that affect the UFC's decision to bring on at a premium $$$?

Timmy B site profile image  

3/16/10 6:45 PM by Timmy B

A loss on the rival promotions card still kills his value, no matter what the weight class is.

Timmy B site profile image  

3/16/10 6:45 PM by Timmy B

A loss on the rival promotions card still kills his value, no matter what the weight class is.

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3/16/10 6:38 PM by frontrowbrian

Really short sighted by Shields to be publicly discussing another organization while your CURRENT employer is putting you on FUCKIN CBS in the main event against an MMA legend. Get him a PR coach.

The Notorious OMG site profile image  

3/16/10 6:32 PM by The Notorious OMG

I feel like I've been reading the same interview from him since 2007. 

AmericanPsychoMMA site profile image  

3/16/10 6:30 PM by AmericanPsychoMMA

 I have been saying this before for a while I see Jake in the UFC before the end of this year.