In a recent interview with AdCombat welterweight fighter Jake Shields indicates he is considering signing with the UFC:
KM: Your contract status?
JS: This is the last fight on my contract. They offered some more fights but I’m letting my manager handle that.
KM: What do you think of 2008?
JS: I want to go out there and fight the best. I’m really looking at UFC over Elite because that is where a lot of top guys are. In the next few weeks I’ll probably make my decision on where I’m going to be signing.
KM: Should we say you are ‘in talks now’ or ‘have talked to’ UFC?
JS: Have been in the past. I’m sure we’re going to talk to them in the next week before we sign anything with Elite. I’m ready to get in there with the top guys. With the Rumble on the Rock tournament and EliteXC and my last four or five fights have been top come and have been fast, easy fights. I think it definitely shows I belong there.
Shield’s final fight in EliteXC on his current contract will be November 10th against Mike Pyle and will air on Showtime.