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Jake Shields to be at UFC 115 Tonight in Vancouver; Is a Signing Announcement Forthcoming?

(Maybe now I can get some RE$PECT!)

I just got back from the MMA Expo in Toronto and will have a bunch of interesting video, audio and text versions of interviews I did with Forrest Griffin, Karo Parisyan, King Mo’, Bibiano Fernandes, Firas Zahabi, Shonie Carter, Ryan Ford and Dan Miller up on the site this week.

Unfortunately, I was unable to land one with Jake Shields, as, immediately following his teaching session at the Paradise Warrior Retreat, he was whisked away in a car to catch a plane to Vancouver to attend tonight’s UFC show.

I had a small window of time for a brief exchange as he walked to the parking lot, so I handed him the Photoshop I did of him outside the pawn shop after selling the Strikeforce belt and questioned why it was so important that he be at the show tonight. I asked him if we can expect an announcement at the show that he was Octagon-bound, to which he replied, "Not yet," but what else could he say if an announcement is forthcoming?

I’d say there’s a pretty good chance we’ll hear something tonight.

*FYI, he had already seen the picture as a someone had sent him a copy.

"Yeah, I’ve seen that one. It’s funny, but it isn’t real," he said. "Somebody Photoshopped it."

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Get Off Me- June 13, 2010 at 9:11 am
Looks like the begining of Staph infection on Jakes right collarbone in the photo above.
Mofo- June 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm
@north - Haha, "crab people"? Where'd that come from...

Yeah, there's gonna be a long boring wrestling match between him and GSP, where GSP gets another boring 5 round decision.

Then Jake will lay and gay on some mid tier 85 pounder, leading to the right to fight Silva for another boring Silva vs grappler match, with Silva clowning like an ADHD 5 yr old, again a 5 round decision with Silva uninterested in going for the finish (because he placed bets on his own fight again).

Then Jake will bounce around with no home forever, like a ronin with no master, like Diego and Franklin.

He's good, but The Coming of Shields gets waayy too much hype. (Sounds like a porno flick)

There's a ton of people I'd be more excited to see in the UFC. To anyone excited about Jake - uh, did you SEE the Mayhem fight? I saw it... on fast forward, and it STILL took too long.
andoy162- June 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm
his wins in ufc will be by decision/s....otherwise
im giving him 0-3 and he's out of ufc in a jiffy.
Eyes red as Fedor- June 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm
Jake's wit is as sharp as his stand up.
ReX13- June 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm
That's great, Mike, really. Pretty funny that Jake had to tell you it's fake.

Now get the damn liveblog goin'. Seriously. If you don't, i'll crank call your Skype.
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- June 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm
Yves Levine strikes again. BOO this man!
fatbellyfrank- June 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
Shonie Carter has had a bout or two? in CFC here in Aussie, good to see some name guys stepping in the cage to support an up and coming promotion who seem to be taking all the right steps and steadily building their product, unlike this IFC clusterfuck who assemble every psycho to step in the cage for the last ten years and try to pass it off as a valid card worthy of PPV
Mofo- June 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm
What's the point of saying "I" 20 times in a post if we don't know who you are?

Just another mini-rant in my "all posts should be signed by the author" campaign.
Almost North- June 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Separated at birth? Conspiring together? Secretly working for Fedor? They live together and share a bic razor? No, no, wait I'll get it. They are both freemasons? Crab people? Communists! Karo probably knows about communists.....yeah thats got to be it.
Darkside- June 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm
My last name is Russell too. Like a long lost father coming home after many years of abandonment :)
fatbellyfrank- June 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm
He could tell, cause he'd seen a few shopped in his time, amd he knew by the pixels
Mike Russell- June 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm
 Wait until you hear what he said about both Coker and Dana.
Almost North- June 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Karo interview? Sweet brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo