Ever since ProElite closed its doors in October, there have been a lot of people expressing their hopes that Jake Shields would be able to make the move to the UFC. It looks like they will have to wait a bit longer to see if that possibility will ever become a reality. Yesterday it was apparently confirmed by MMAWeekly that former EliteXC Welterweight king Jake Shields will be facing off against Joe Riggs on the upcoming April 11th Strikeforce card.
Shields, who is managed by his father, had been putting together the paper work to file for a release from ProElite prior to the Strikeforce purchase of ProElite’s assets. Once the purchase was completed, the elder Shields decided that going with Strikeforce was a good option for his son, and much better than the costly process of seeking his release. The article goes on to state that the full details of Shields’ contract, such as length of time and number of fights, have yet to be settled, but a summer main event appearance against a “well known opponent” is already in the works for Shields’ second fight with the promotion.
Other fights for the April 11 event (signed and rumored) include:
- Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz
- Josh Thomson (c) vs. TBA
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
- Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. TBA
- Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos vs. TBA
You can continue to follow the rumored card for this event on the Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz Rumors page.