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Jake Shields Can’t Catch a Goddamned Break

It was bad enough when Mike Pyle‘s contract disputes prevented Jake Shields from taking home a well-deserved EliteXC championship belt in November. Now it looks like his fight against Drew Fickett at this Saturday’s Strikeforce/EliteXC event — which many assumed would officially establish Shields as the welterweight title holder — won’t even happen.

It’s being reported that the Shields/Fickett bout is being postponed due to Shields pulling a muscle in his back while training last week. Says FiveOunces:

[Shields] flew to Los Angeles in order to meet with a specialist. While he had experienced some improvement with the injury, it was determined that he would not be ready in time for Saturday’s fight. A decision was then made to postpone the bout. A re-scheduled date for the bout has not been set, but Shields indicated that the title fight could take place within the next couple of months.

I guess that’s what you get for letting Brandon Vera give you a pinkbelly; that shot probably dislodged at least four discs. Shields’s dropout is just the latest blow to an event that had already suffered the loss of one big name, when Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos was forced to pull out of the card due to visa issues.

In related news, an EliteXC lightweight title fight between Yves Edwards and K.J. Noons has been postponed to June 14th. The two fighters were supposed to meet at an April 26th show in Hawaii, but that event has reportedly been canceled altogether. Our first thought is that EliteXC is canceling the show to reserve some talent for their first CBS broadcasts, but we’ll let you know if/when they release an official statement.

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wwex- March 28, 2012 at 2:25 am
hey
Sean- March 24, 2008 at 11:16 pm
Oh this fight would have sucked anyways. Neither of them are talented fighters. Shields said that he would like to challenge GSP. What is he out his mind! GSP would just beat the crap out of him. If he were to go to the UFC I would rank him behind GSP, Fitch, Hughes, Kos, Wilson, even though I hate him Karo, Sanchez, and Alves. He is overhyped and overrated Nick and Nate Diaz work him in his own training.
Philadelphia Employment Lawyer- March 24, 2008 at 9:39 pm
I was looking forward to this fight. Jake Shields is starting to fight some quality competition. Drew Fickett will be a nice challenge for Jake, but I feel Jake would be too much for Drew and come away with a victory. It won't be an easy fight for Mr. Shields but I feel is just too talented for Fickett. K.J. Noons vs Yves isn't as interesting as a lightweight fight as one would like. The weight class is so talented that whoever wins the belt is just gonna hold onto it until someone really talented gets signed by Showtime.



James
Philadelphia Employment Lawyer- March 24, 2008 at 9:38 pm
I was looking forward to this fight. Jake Shields is starting to fight some quality competition. Drew Fickett will be a nice challenge for Jake, but I feel Jake would be too much for Drew and come away with a victory. It won't be an easy fight for Mr. Shields but I feel is just too talented for Fickett. K.J. Noons vs Yves isn't as interesting as a lightweight fight as one would like. The weight class is so talented that whoever wins the belt is just gonna hold onto it until someone really talented gets signed by Showtime.
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