Less than two weeks after getting cut from the UFC, welterweight Jake Shields has found a new home. According to Bleacher Report, Shields has signed a multi-fight deal to join World Series of Fighting.
As customary with MMA contracts, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I am very excited to be fighting for the World Series of Fighting. 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,” Shields said in a statement to Bleacher Report. “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.”
Shields owns a respectable 29-7-1 (1 NC) overall professional record, but posted a mundane 4-3 (1 NC) mark in the UFC. However, the 35-year-old had lost just one scrap in his previous five UFC outings.
On the flipside, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion was set to score $120,000 for the next fight on UFC contract, so that certainly didn’t help Sheilds’ cause.
Shields marks the second former UFC star WSOF has inked in April. Lightweight Melvin Guillard joined the upstart MMA promotion earlier this month.
Shields is expected to make his promotional debut this summer.