5thRound.com has just learned that Strikeforce middleweight Jake Shields will be taking on the rambunctious Jason “Mayhem” Miller at a yet-be-be announced Strikeforce show in October.
Although our source was not able to verify the date or venue, they have confirmed the scrap is a done deal.
About a week ago, CEO Scott Coker stated at the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” post-fight presser that the organization was heading towards a hectic Holiday season, a notion that was confirmed with today’s report.
“We’ll have three ‘Challengers’ fights (this fall),” Coker said of their wicked quarter-four schedule. “We’ll have September, then we’re going to have October, then we’re going to have November. Then the big fights are going to be the Fedor [Emelianenko] fight, and then we’ll do one more before the end of the year.”
Shields is riding a 12-fight winning streak, having captured the EliteXC welterweight title during his run. He defeated Nick Thompson for the crown at “EliteXC: Unfinished Business” back in July of 2008. The organization subsequently went under, which forced the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard to not only jump ship, but divisions as well.
He most recently subbed Strikeforce middleweight champ Robbie Lawler with a vicious guillotine choke in the 1stRound of their 182-pound catchweight tango in June. Following that W, Shields indicated he intended to focus on the 185-pound division, however was still down for 170 if the right opportunities presented themselves.
Miller was scheduled to get his re-match with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the open Dream middleweight title at Dream.11 on October 11th. However, based on today’s report and a previous Tweet by Miller stating that Jacare was “ducking” him following the Brazilian’s newly-inked Strikeforce contract, it appears that contest has been shelved.