GracieFighter.com is reporting that a match has been made between welterweights Jake Shields and former UFC fighter and current B.J. Penn training partner Renato “Charuto” Verrisimo for EliteXC’s next card on September 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The card will be telecast on Showtime.
It’s a fight that Shields is looking forward to:
“He’s a tough guy and I’ve been looking forward to fighting him for some time now. We were supposed to fight each other about a year ago so I’m happy it’s now finally going to happen.”
To read the GracieFighter.com report on Jake Shields vs. Charuto, click here.
Verrisimo’s Jiu-Jitsu is world class and Shields is one of the best wrestlers in MMA at 170 lbs. The latter statement is really saying something considering there are so many good wrestlers who compete at welterweight.
If you like knock out, drag out standup slugfests, then Shields vs. Charuto may not be for you. But if you have a true appreciation for ground fighting, this match has a lot to offer.
Here’s what the rumored card on Sept. 15 is shaping up like (note: none of these matches are official):
- Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Robbie Lawler for the EliteXC middleweight title
- Gina Carano vs. Shayna Baszler
- Jake Shields vs. Renato “Charuto” Verissimo
- Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Venezuela (very tentative)
- Nick Diaz vs. TBA
That’s not a bad card at all. Some really nice matchups.
Also, EliteXC is planning another edition of ShoXC in August. Showtime indicated after the first card that they intended to hold all future ShoXC’s on Saturday as opposed to Friday.
August 25 had been talked about for the second ShoXC but a small promotion you might of heard of called the UFC is planning on holding a match between two guys named Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga (never heard of either) for the heavyweight title. I think it’s very likely that ShoXC will be held on August 24.