Jake Shields to Fight for Strikeforce Interim Middleweight Championship in October

Jake ShieldsWith Cung Le missing in action for more than a year to focus on a career in the movies, Jake Shields has been tabbed to fight for an interim championship made in his absence against an opponent yet to be announced.

Strikeforce President Scott Coker recently confirmed the news Monday evening during an interview with TapouT Radio, explaining that the current Strikeforce 185 pound champion is a man of many obligations at the moment.

“With Cung, he has a couple of obligations,” Coker began to explain. “He has fight obligations for us, and then he has obligations for some movie deals that he has signed on to.”

However, luckily for us, the fans of the sport, Coker and Strikeforce are stepping up to do the right thing in this situation.

“What we will do for Cung is, in October, we’re going to let somebody fight for the interim belt,” said Coker.

“We’re going to offer it to Jake [Shields], and give Jake a chance at the interim belt. Then we’ll try to put Cung together with the winner of that before the end of the year.”

Sporting an impressive record of 23-4-1 and compiling wins over the likes of Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit and Paul Daley, Shields rapidly earned a reputation as one of the most feared competitors at 170 pounds before recently jumping up to middleweight where he submitted “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler in the first round at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” in June. The Cesar Gracie trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has not suffered a defeat in his last dozen outings.

With Jake Shields now expected to face an undetermined opponent for the Strikeforce interim middleweight crown, and Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem both expected to make separate appearances on the same card, the October Strikeforce event is quickly shaping up to be the best in the promotion’s history.

11 COMMENTS
  • dpk says:

    I know why Shields isn’t fighting at WW in Strikeforce anymore, because he doesn’t want to fight his teammate Diaz, but does anyone know if he is done as a WW forever? Also, does anyone know of his contract status with Strikeforce, there was talk of him negotiating with UFC while the EliteXC contracts were hung up last year, and I think he would be a great fight for GSP. I would imagine that UFC would love to grab him if he was available.

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  • dpk says:

    Just throwing a few possible opponents out there for this, Santiago?? Misaki?? Lindland?? Filho??

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  • metalmulisha says:

    dpk, I’m pretty sure Shields has a few fights left on his contract with Strikeforce.
    If memory serves me correct I think when they bought his contract from EliteXC it was a long term deal.
    And you’re right Misaki, Filho, Lindland would all be good opponents.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I would like to see a rematch with Lawler since the first one was at a catch weight. Does anybody think Shields would win that rematch?

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  • edub says:

    I need to fig out a way to take a massive poll on who would be better at MW Diaz or Shields.

    I hate shields at mw vs bigger guys like Benji or Santiago.

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  • Bullylover says:

    WTF. why the hell did they move shields up to Mw. he is better as a WW in my opinion. They should of left Diaz at Mw where he is the better fighter and let him fight for the interim belt. A bout between cung and diaz sounds more exciting than a bout between shields and cung.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Edud I think Diaz is the better MW due to his tougness and better striking. Unlike Shields he has no real wrestling to rely on but his ground game is far superior to most. He is tough enough to not get knocked out and his boxing has looked better and better. Shields is a great fighter, but at MW I like Diaz better.

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    I’m just glad to see Strikeforce do something with their MW title. If Cung wants to go off and make a bunch of crappy movies he should vacate the title and let the dedicated fighters fight for it. Cung’s a great fighter, but if he doesn’t want to get in the cage he should get out of the way of the guys that do.

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  • KTru says:

    Hey now, “Fighting” did get 2 stars in USA Today……

    Bung Le should be let out of his contract and Shields should just fight whomever for the MW title. All those names are suitable opponents.

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  • meatloaf says:

    Shields got lucky against Lawler and if he fights Jacare or Lindland in October for an interim title he’ll lose.
    Then probably ask Scott Coker to fight at 170. Even after refusing to take fights at 170 before the Lawler fight which prompted a Nick Diaz move to 170 even though he’s looked awesome at middleweight.
    Shields is on borrowed time even if he manages to pull out another win in October he’ll get murdered in a Lawler rematch.
    Diaz vs. Lawler 2 is the fight I hope to hell happens eventually.

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  • edub says:

    Meatloaf i like your style. Come to think about it Shields probably is the reason Diaz is fighting for the title. Now i hate Shields again.

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