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Dana White Says Jake Shields is Definitely Coming to the UFC and Strikeforce Still Sucks

(The signs were everywhere, including Jake’s FB and MySpace pages. How did we miss them?)

In an interview with All Headline News today, UFC president Dana White asserted that Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields will be on his way to the Octagon sooner than later. Shields technically has one fight remaining on his SF contract, but it will likely expire before he has the opportunity to fulfill the obligation. White is confident that Shields, who definitely exited the promotion on a high note Saturday night with his dominant win over former PRIDE champion and UFC castaway Dan Henderson, will not be long testing free agent waters.

Although the wheels to add the 31-year-old Californian to the UFC’s stacked welterweight roster are not yet in motion, as soon as Strikeforce exercises its rights to re-sign Shields (something White is confident will likely not happen) he says the UFC will make an offer to the Cesar Gracie black belt.

“Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce and he’s definitely coming to the UFC," White told AHN’s Shawn Krest.

In the article, White, who reveals that the UFC was very close to signing a deal with CBS prior to EliteXC winning the cable TV lottery by signing with the network first, explained why he thinks Strikeforce’s days in the fight game are numbered.

“First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. I know, you know, everybody knows that these guys should not have been on CBS. We were close[to doing a deal with them]. Then the ShoBox idiots said, ‘We can do this. We’ll compete with UFC. We know boxing. MMA is just another kind of fighting.’ Showtime Boxing sucks. How do they think they’re going to do better at MMA?”

White also added more of his thoughts on the brawl that marred the CBS-broadcasted event that attracted less than 2.75 million viewers.

“They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn’t even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, ’Oh my God. He won. What do we do?’ I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn’t want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. I don’t think that’s the kind of attention CBS is looking for,” responded White. I don’t know what network would be thrilled about what we saw Saturday night. This isn’t pro wrestling. It’s a real sport with real athletes. That‘s not the kind of PR that we need. But that’s them. They’re a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!”

An angry, late-night phone call to White by Gus Johnson is forthcoming.

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King_KP- April 23, 2010 at 6:42 am
Shields probably thinks he is getting more in the ufc than he is going to lol. I think Dana wants Jake to blow it and come out himself shittalking strikeforce so that Jake brings less bargaining power to the table.
kingmantis- April 23, 2010 at 6:40 am
What was more interesting were the comments Dana made about the Strikeforce brawl and how it undermined the sport that the UFC had built. Apparently, only the UFC knows how to promote a card and nobody else should even try out of fear of damaging the UFC's work.

Also, Shields will be dumped from the UFC after a tragic fight with Jon Fitch becomes so boring that it opens a black hole and kills an arena full of people. They are never heard from again.
hyper1- April 23, 2010 at 6:07 am
Dana will sign shields and then cut him after his first loss!
Almost North- April 22, 2010 at 11:43 pm
In the future, don't.
KillDozer- April 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm
it is good and all that Dana White thinks the brawl at the end of CBS-broadcasted event was bad for the sport......
but that brawl had 10x times more action than the last Anderson Silva fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh yes I did.

provrorsbarn- April 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm
yay lets see jake shields blue ball a couple of more fights in the if the ufc isnt boring enough these days.....
robthom- April 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm
"DW wants SF to shell out bucks to re-sign Shields.
Why would he want another John Fitch?"

That just jumped out at me.

That would be really smart.

I wonder if Dana is really consciously thinking up slick schemes like that because it seems like he does some obviously stupid shit some times too.

Probably a little bit of both.
fatbellyfrank- April 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm
@ Almost North " Ok how about this, Lister vs Shields AT a senate hearing. Lets see them call MMA violent after that match"
That is comment of the month right there hands Down ring the bell.
New Dad, Slightly slutty mom ( for hooking up with new dad so soon after real dad) send him a t- shirt right fucken know, or there will be please explain e-mails in your bosses inboxes before you can say Gusbuster
Shagen- April 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm
Thanks for keeping up on the photoshop!
ShogunVK- April 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Maybe DW is planning a Fitch vs Shields fight , think about it..... after the New York State Senate sees these 2 Spoon with each other for 15 minutes in the Cage theirs no way they think MMA is to violent and finally legalize it , you sneaky man DW sneaky sneaky ...
mt59801- April 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm
A 5 rounder between white and johnson would probably be more exciting than anything we've seen from either organization in the last 2 events.
fiveforfive- April 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Lol...yeah they are both manufactured.
Almost North- April 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm
That actual conversation happened when they met buying polo shirts at Abercrombie last week. I think you are right though.
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Yeah but North...if that happened the conservatives will think mma is homoerotic. Remember...we are talking about the human snuggie vs. the...I have to fight someone without any takedown defense...and no ground and pound...and no submission defense to win. Remember Lister vs. Arona from the Pride days? Remember Lister vs. any decent grappler? OMG...I just thought about the fact that they both have bland ass personalities! The only think worse then seeing them fight...would be seeing them interview each other.

Lister: So Jake...........your pretty good on the ground.
Jake: Yeah....I train with the Cesar Gracie team............You ever heard of the Diaz Brothers?
Lister: Yeah.......I have.
Jake: ........I train with them.
Lister: alright.
Jake: So you been to Abu Dhabi?
Lister......yeah.....I been to Abu Dhabi.

Lex Luthor- April 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Aside from the craziness after the Shields/Henderson fight, I would like to see Miller picked up by the UFC again.

Much more entertaining to watch him fight IMO.

Shields getting picked up by the UFC bus? Sure, but I think it would be a very short ride before getting kicked off.
Organ Donor- April 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm
DW wants SF to shell out bucks to re-sign Shields.

Why would he want another John Fitch?

I hope SF calls his bluff.
Almost North- April 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Ok how about this, Lister vs Shields AT a senate hearing. Lets see them call MMA violent after that match
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm
I would rather watch a senate hearing...or TLC...then Dean Lister and Jake Shields fight.
imabigfan- April 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I just wanted to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
jimbonics- April 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm
LET IT RAIN- April 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm
@ MMAD: "The UFC will have much more suitable competition for Shields. It just makes sense to sign him."

yeah like Fitch and GSP(for the most part). They can have a snooze fest where no one finishes.
El Guapo- April 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm
I'll give you twenty bucks, kid..

"Twenty bucks? This is the Strikeforce middleweight championship belt!! And I'm not a kid, I'm Ja.."

Ten bucks. Tha's my final offer.

(Shoulders slumped, voice cracking)"Yes, sir."
iDestroy- April 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm
@almost north.

Lol. Yeah, or maybe Double Loser! Ha!

robthom- April 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Yeah fuck DW,