Once again, UFC president Dana White has let the cat out of the bag regarding one of the worst kept secrets in MMA. According to White, Strikeforce middleweight champion and impending free agent Jake Shields is on his way to the UFC.
“There’s a lot of controversy over how long his contract is, whether it’s 45 days, 60 days. I don’t care if it’s 560 days, I know exactly where Jake Shields is coming,” White confirmed while appearing on ESPN2’s MMA Live this past Saturday.
Shields not only pulled off the biggest upset of his career at “Strikeforce: Nashville,” but he also increased his stock dramatically with the convincing win over former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson.
Now that White has made his intentions perfectly clear regarding Shields’ Octagon future, the only question is when the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu trained fighter will make his debut.
It is widely believed that when Shields inks his UFC contract, he’ll be competing in the welterweight division and will challenge Georges St-Pierre for the title.
St-Pierre’s next opponent will be Josh Koscheck – at an event most likely destined for December – after they complete taping next season’s edition of “The Ultimate Fighter.”