“If you get a chance please let people know I know nothing about this!” Shields told Fighters Only regarding the bogus rumor. “I have yet to sign with the UFC or Strikeforce, but I hope to have a deal worked out in the next couple of weeks.”
Taylor posted the following earlier today. He justifies his “source” in the second message:
“Just talked to Jake……ITS OFFICAL!!! Alves then GSP then another title! Jake’s gonna push all the UFC’s 70lbers [EXPLETIVE] IN!!! War Shields! Congrats on an awesome contract!!”
“How about my roommate for 6 years Jake Shields and the best man at my wedding. Also his father/manager Jack Shields….Both SOLID sources!”
Although Stikeforce had first dibs at retaining their middleweight champion, Shields’ father/managers said two weeks ago that the San Jose, CA based organization had yet to extend them a single offer.
Furthermore, Strikeforce could have signed their title holder prior to his trouncing of Dan Henderson at “Strikeforce: Nashville,” however opted to roll the dice hoping Hendo would take his crown and they would be able to let Shields quietly slip out through the backdoor if he so desired.
Shields has long professed his desires to compete against the world’s best, and if that is indeed the case, the UFC houses the planet’s top dogs in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. Many pundits believe he will never be considered among the elite until he tests his skills inside the Octagon and now appears to be as good a time as any to make the move.