Strikeforce Willing To Pay For Jake Shields But Won’t Outbid UFC

Written by Tim Ngo
June 5th, 2010

Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently talked about free agent middleweight Jake Shields and his plans to try and retain the services of his 185-pound champion.

UFC president Dana White has made no qualms about the fact that he believes Shields is coming to his promotion as soon as the exclusive negotiation clause in his Strikeforce contract expires.

Although Coker is willing to do what he can to keep his champ, he’s only willing to open up his pocketbook so much and he’s ready to move on if he has to.

“To me, there’s going to be a value that we feel is fair, and that’s going to be it,” Coker stated to MMAJunkie.com.

Clearly Strikeforce doesn’t have the resources to compete with any large contract the UFC may offer, so in the event that Shields leaves, Coker has a backup plan in mind.

“Strikeforce has a bunch of great middleweights, and we’ll go into the tournament business. We’re still fleshing out the details, but we’re leaning towards that,” he explained.

Now, it’s a waiting game to see when and where Strikeforce’s middleweight champion will sign, but all roads seem to point to the Octagon.

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