Newly crowned EliteXC welterweight champion, Jake Shields, wasted no time in calling for his next opponents, even though he knows that those fights aren’t likely to happen anytime soon. After defeating Nick Thomspson for the open EliteXC 170-pound belt, Shields called out two of the world’s best welterweights.
Perhaps it was the heat of the moment that got to Shields because in the post-fight press conference for EliteXC “Unfinished Business,” he was singing a different, more realistic tune.
“I guess that was a mistake. I just kind of called them out, but that fight realistically won’t happen next,” Shields said of St. Pierre and Fitch. “Those are two guys I’d really love to fight right now. Two of the top guys at my weight. I’ve got a lot of respect for both of them, that’s why I want to fight them.”
You can’t really blame the guy, as he finally won the elusive title that he has waited for his entire career. And, he did it in dominating fashion. When you are riding a high like that, it is easy to see how you can feel invincible.
However, a more realistic opponent for Shields would be any other fighter in the world that is not signed under the UFC’s exclusive restrictions. And for Shields, that means anybody.
“I’d like to fight (Drew) Fickett, he’s been running his mouth and that fight was supposed to happen. I still wouldn’t mind that one,” a confident Shields stated. “(Shinya) Aoki is a fight I’ve wanted for a while, he just lost, but he still has quite a resume on him. They’ve got Akira Kikuchi, which was actually my last loss, they could possibly bring in him.”
A fight against Aoki, who is a top tier lightweight, would mean Shields will drop down a weight class. However, he is also willing to jump up a weight class to make another fight happen.
“I’m willing to fight up a weight,” said Shields. “I’d fight Robbie Lawler, Frank Shamrock; if Elite wants me to do something like that, I’d be happy to do that.”
“I’m not satisfied yet,” Shields added. “I’ve got a ways to go. I won the Elite (XC) title that I’m very proud of, but I want to be considered the best and I know there’s some fighters out there ranked above me and I’m not going to be satisfied until I beat them.”
Spoken like a true champion.