Jake Shields Finally Gets His Title Shot Against Drew Fickett

Written by Tim Ngo
January 28th, 2008

Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields

Jake Shields has long been known as the best welterweight in EliteXC. He’s also been ranked in the Top 10 of his division for a long time, but a championship title has always alluded him. Until now.

Shields finally gets his title shot in EliteXC.

Shields was originally scheduled to be fighting for the welterweight title against Mike Pyle in his last fight when Pyle opted to make it a non-title fight instead.

“I’ll be fighting Drew Fickett for the EliteXC Welterweight Championship on March 29th in San Jose,” Shields wrote on his Facebook page.

The March 295th card is looking better and better with Cung Le vs. Frank Shamrock already headlining the card.

Many feel Shields may have made the wrong move when he signed a long-term deal with EliteXC, but he’s looking to make the most of it in hopes he’ll get to fight Georges St. Pierre down the road.

Shields is currently riding a nine fight winning streak including wins over the aforementioned Pyle, current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami and Dave Menne.

Fickett on the other hand has a three fight win streak and has beaten the likes of Edwin Dewees, Dennis Hallman, Carlo Prater, Kenny Florian, Josh Neer and Josh Koscheck on his way to compiling an impressive 31-5-0 record.

The March 29th Strikeforce event is a co-promotion with EliteXC as well. Tickets are still on sale, but they are going fast.

Don’t forget to follow @5thRound on Twitter, Facebook and Google+!