Shields Sits and Waits

Written by Tom Ngo
June 16th, 2008

Jake Shields is one of the best MMA fighters in the world to have never had a title fight, let alone a belt. The EliteXC star was scheduled for a title shot multiple times, but due to injuries to his opponent, as well as himself, the bouts were cancelled. Now that Shields is finally healthy again, he will continue to play the waiting game. 

“I’m 100 percent,” Shields emphatically stated. “I was struggling with it (his back injury) for a while, a lot longer than I wanted, and it took me a few months to get 100 percent, but I did the right things and now I am, and I’m more motivated than ever.”

Shields (20-4-1) was scheduled to take on former UFC fighter Drew Fickett a few months back, but due to his back injury was forced to pull out.

“Obviously I haven’t fought in a while. I got injured before my last fight and had to pull out, which is not something I wanted to do,” said Shields. “I’d like to fight within a month, but I have to be realistic, and I’m thinking it will probably be at the next CBS show in September.”

And of course, Shields is expecting nothing less than a title shot in his return. Considering he has not lost a bout in nearly four years, and is a consensus Top Ten Welterweight in the world, his sense of urgency is understandable.

“…from what I understand, it’s going to be a title shot,” stated a determined Shields. “All my fights for EliteXC I’ve finished in the first round. I’ve done my job and now I’m just waiting for a title.”

Obviously, the opponent of choice is Fickett, who wants the fight as well. However, Fickett is scheduled to take on Ryan Ford for the Maximum Fighting Championship’s 170-pound title on July 25th. But, Shields remains focused on Fickett nonetheless.

“Hopefully it will be me and Drew Fickett. That’s a fight I want, he wants, and I know the fans want to see it. Hopefully nothing weird goes on there (against Ryan Ford) and our fight will take place, but if not, I’ll fight anyone Elite throws at me – as long as it’s for a title.”

Shields feels that it is now his time to step into the limelight and make his claim as the top Welterweight in the world.

“I’m ready to do some big things this year and next year,” he proclaimed.

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