Jason “Mayhem” Miller has just confirmed that he will be taking on Jake Shields in a middleweight bout at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” on November 7th. The organization dropped the bomb earlier today when they announced that Fedor Emelianenko would be making his debut on CBS. It will mark the first time that fans will get to witness MMA’s baddest man for $FREE.99.
“Ok bitches who said I was ducking- I duck NO ONE. Fighting Sheilds on November 7th. Official BOOM,” Miller Tweeted at 4:32PM PT.
(Although we are not aware of any fighters named “Sheilds,” we’ll just assume that he means Jake SHIELDS.)
In anticipation of the scrap, the two have been going at it through the media with their verbal jabs and disses.
“Dude, I will beat the piss out of Jake Shields, and he knows it. If everyone thinks I’m gonna lose, that’s fine.” Miller told CagePotato.com. “I do everything better than him, and I’m bigger than him and stronger than him! I don’t understand, people think that because he stomped out some 170-pounders and caught Robbie Lawler in a damn guillotine, that all of a sudden he’s the second coming of Christ. Well guess what, dude? I’m gonna smash him.”
The former EliteXC welterweight champion took exception to the rambunctious-ones comments, firing back at the “Bully Beatdown” host.
“He’ll beat the piss out of me..? He’s the one that won’t sign the contract,” Shields stated a few weeks back. “I would sign that fight tonight but he just wants to talk and act tough, but he’s the one that won’t sign. His manager tells us the fight is on, Miller has agreed and then I’m hearing he’s decided he can’t fight in October but would maybe do it in December.”
Shields is riding a 12-fight winning streak and was most recently seen subbing Strikeforce middleweight champ Robbie Lawler with a vicious guillotine choke in the 1stRound of their 182-pound catchweight tango in June.
Miller was scheduled to get his re-match with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the open Dream middleweight title at Dream.11 on October 11th, however Jacare subsequently signed with Strikeforce and the bout was shelved.
Although Strikeforce’s press release did not indicate where the San Jose-based organization would host their event, ESPN.com is reporting that the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, Illinois has emerged as the frontrunner to host the show.
(UPDATED 9/17/09 at 6:42PMPT)
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has just confirmed with MMAWeekly.com that middleweight champ Cung Le has signed-on to play in another major motion picture and will relinquish his title. Coker stated that Miller and Shields will battle for Strikeforce gold.
“I had a conversation with Cung and he has a lot of respect for Jake and Jason, and he’s got another movie coming up, so he’s asked me if he could step down, which we’re going to honor his request,” said Coker. “By no means does that mean he’s going to be retired, but he’s going to be unavailable for the next two months.”