Jake Shields signs multi-fight deal with WSoF


WSOF has signed Jake Shields @jakeshieldsajj one of the top Welterweights in the world! We will announce Jakes debut soon!

Jake Shields was released by the UFC after a single loss, to Hector Lombard. Shields, 35, had previously beaten Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision, and Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley by split decision. Shields also had a win over Ed Herman changed to a no contest, following his positive test for a prohibited substance.

The release was doubtless influenced in part by the high contract Shields was fighting under. 

The cut was also part of a larger trend in the UFC, in which for example Yushin Okami and Jon Fitch were released and Ben Askren was passed over, due to a fighting style not friendly to asses in seats. Continued employment with the world's leading MMA organization now also relies on an exciting fighting style, in addition to wins and losses.

And as well, the UFC may be looking to promote young, new talent, rather than athletes like Shields who have been fighting since the late 90s.

Now, in a message to Bleacher Report, Shields announced his new cage.

"I am very excited to be fighting for the World Series of Fighting," said Shields. "They have one of if not the best welterweight divisions in the world and I look forward to fighting great fighters like Jon Fitch, Rousimar Palhares, Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris and more. I also believe I will now be in an environment where fighters are embraced which will allow my performance at my very best! My first fight for WSOF will be soon so stay tuned. My thanks to the MMA community and fans for all the love and support."

The Las Vegas-based WSoF, airs its main cards on NBC Sports Network. Expect to see Shields win one or two fights and sign again with the UFC, at a lower contract. However, WSoF has depth, and  Jon Fitch or Rousimar Palhares are by no means guaranteed.

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pidgey site profile image  

4/18/14 12:47 PM by pidgey

You think Bellator would have signed Shields after letting go of Askren?So they have another grappler killing off all their strikers?Not going to happen, not even for free.Btw, i disagree with ppl saying that Fitch-Shields would be bad.The boring fights happen when you pair up a grappler with a striker with poor td defense.The grappler is going to avoid any kind of striking and shot for the takedown from second one, take it, and lay on the striker, while avoiding any kind of submission attempt for the fear of losing top control/position.Grappler vs grappler is going to be fun, like it was Maia-Fitch.

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4/18/14 9:12 AM by Riddlius

Lol @ a troll calling someone else a shill. You never debate anything, you are just a troll that is here to talk crap about Bellator and ignore any question about WSOF. Just like Bellator Fan.

WSOF is Great site profile image  

4/18/14 9:07 AM by WSOF is Great

Look at you shilling for Bellashit there WW division is horrendous compared to WSOF so pipe down and where was Viacom MMA in year 2 of business no where near where WSOF is today so simmer down chump

moss_4h site profile image  

4/18/14 8:58 AM by moss_4h

glad he's happy.. wsof's ww division is solid

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4/18/14 8:17 AM by hOMAsexualforShields (tm)

He's NOT

Wasa-B site profile image  

4/17/14 11:37 PM by Wasa-B

Okami rematch!

SomeoneToDoYourDirtyWork site profile image  

4/17/14 11:32 PM by SomeoneToDoYourDirtyWork

This would've been the only reason to care.

talkischeap site profile image  

4/17/14 11:21 PM by talkischeap

A lot of comp for him imo im def no huge shields fan but good for wsof

comeonman1 site profile image  

4/17/14 9:45 PM by comeonman1

Was never a big fan of Shields but am happy for him that he found a home. The great thing about the UFC getting rid of good talents like Shields is they make other organizations that much better an stronger. Some good match ups for him with WSOF

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4/17/14 9:39 PM by Drunkenirishfc