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As Soon As UFC Actually Gets Around to Signing Shields, Kampmann Could Be First Opponent, Report says


(Jake initially felt some trepidations about it, but Dana assured him that everyone who signs a UFC contract takes pictures like this. PicProps: Sherdog, obviously.)

It must add a certain amount of insult to injury for Strikeforce that the UFC is taking its sweet time signing Jake Shields. It’s almost like Dana White wants to remind Scott Coker (and everybody else) that the MMA world starts and stops at his convenience, not theirs. Yeah, just as soon as he rolls out of bed around 11 o’clock this morning, hits the gym, lunches at Delmonico’s, spends the requisite few minutes berating Marty Cordova and swings by Pinkberry for his snack, he might – if nothing else comes up – get around to locking down the excommunicated Strikeforce champ. Why be so leisurely about it? Because he can, motherfucker. Where else is Shields really going to go?

Despite reports this week from Shields’ own team that he’d finally slapped his John Hancock on one of the UFC’s notoriously draconian legal agreements, the company itself continues to deny it has formally come to terms with the Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu product. According to an MMA Fighting.com story published late Friday night however, Shields’ signing actually is looming and once it goes down, he could be looking at facing Martin Kampmann at welterweight in his promotional debut.


The report cites two “sources close to the situation” saying Shields is expected to sign a deal during the next several days and could be in action as early as October’s UFC 121, which is thought to be scheduled for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. These developments, naturally, will only occur barring any “unforeseen setbacks” …  like, you know,  Big DW has to unexpectedly fly to the Middle East to shoot guns with a Sultan or some shit.

Those same sources confirm rumors that Kampmann will be up first, though last we heard from the Danish fighter’s camp, it sounded like they were still a bit miffed at not getting to fight Dan Hardy at UFC 120 in England. Agent Ken Pavia told MMA Weekly on Friday that Kampmann, who is 4-1 at 170-pounds, had really been hoping to take on Hardy but added that his client would still “welcome” a fight with Shields.

The former Strikeforce champ is riding a 14-fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2004. A natural welterweight, he made a strong case for inclusion on MMA’s major pound-for-pound rankings by winning his last few fights at middleweight, including beating perennial multi-division Top 10er Dan Henderson in his final Strikeforce appearance back in April.

Things got a bit unseemly between Shields and Strikeforce in the latter days of their contract negotiations, or lack thereof. Even after the company stripped him of the belt when it became clear it had no chance to re-sign him, Shields had the audacity to act like he was surprised and offended by the move. He went as far as to cut an interview with BJ Penn.com about how shocked and put out he was that the organization had not left primo tickets for him to “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” in San Jose in late June.

“They certainly didn’t treat me like a champion,” said Shields, who’d recently been shown on television sitting arm-in-arm with White during the WEC’s first pay-per-view. “I went up there thinking that I was the champion, didn’t have any tickets and wasn’t able to get in … They didn’t give me any tickets and when they did, they were in the nosebleed seats. Finally one of the Showtime guys was able to get me down in the front row. They obviously wanted (Dan) Henderson to win from the beginning and they were a little upset about that, but I guess they just got mad at me for winning.”

Fighters, man. Who knows what goes on inside those battered brains. Anyway, we’re cautiously optimistic Shields will actually sign with the UFC this week. Maybe. Depending on how Dana feels.

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Plan B- July 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm
I'm curious to see how Shields will do in the UFC's WW div.

For the record, I also smoke weed.
herb137- July 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm
smoke weed everyday, the herb is the cure
Perma- July 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Shields is taking no risk here Kampmenn is not in his league this is just a tuneup fight while Kos n GSP do there cuddling at the end of the year.

Btw I smoke weed 24/7/365
Dick_Gozenya- July 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm
I would be smoking weed, but I smoked it all and now I gotta go all the way across town to get some more. What a pisser.
Dick_Gozenya- July 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm
@ Almost North Hollywood

It's slim pickins in Joo-ly. All the fighters are too busy chasing the ice-cream truck at the city pool to get in the cage and smash each others' faces in.
Omelette Platter- July 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm
shields v kampmann is only risky for shields. if he gets destroyed in his first fight he ends up further down the ladder and it'll be harder to hype him for anything further. but i don't really suppose that dw will care too much if shields ends up two-losses-and-out; won't effect his bottom line. kudos to jake for wanting to jump right into the thick of shit and hopefully for his sake he's still got a job in a year.

in unrelated news, smoke weed every DAY. it's all i DO.

it's like a cesar gracie gym in this place, what with all the smoke...
Almost North- July 17, 2010 at 11:30 am
Shields is so boring....

He has had a story on here every day for two weeks.
PurplePickle- July 17, 2010 at 11:22 am
Whole lotta man ass on display here the past couple of days. Tone it down.

Question, when Shields eventually meets GSP for the title, will they each wear a singlet and headgear or a gi? Because I see five rounds of nothing but grappling. Yes I know they are great fighters with excellent gameplans, but you know the only way there will be a KO in the fight is if they bump heads while they are
both going for double legs at the same time.

@Goog
And then Henderson got embarassingly dry-humped by a welterweight in his Strikeforce debut, nearly making himself irrelevant.
OhCanada27- July 17, 2010 at 10:40 am
Man, how silly of Jake to think he could walk up to the gate of that event and get front row tickets handed to him. Everyone knew at that point he was gonna jump ship and like hell Strikeforce was gonna showcase him like that, knowing full well what they were in for:

- "Ladies and gentlemen, Jake Shields is in attendance here tonight! Look for him on upcoming UFC shows in late 2010, where he'll be storming the ranks of their Welterweight division! He's a hell of a fighter and a great person, we're sorry to see him go."

Like hell!

I also smoke weed....
Hum Deez Nutz- July 17, 2010 at 10:20 am
I smoke weed
Goog- July 17, 2010 at 10:07 am
I used to find myself interested in a lot of different fighters and matchups. Then... in the most glorious fashion I could have prayed for... Dan Henderson hit Michael Bisping with a bag of starch. And if that weren't enough, he followed up with a completely unnecessary jumping powerbomb shot to his unconscious face. And then, he simply bragged about doing it to "shut him up".

Everything that has happened or will happen since that moment is irrelevant.
Negativecreep0- July 17, 2010 at 9:48 am
never liked him and his zitty back steroids steroids
MMAINMYBLOOD- July 17, 2010 at 8:48 am
Kampmann by ko in first round.. IMO this is a dangerous fight for Sheilds to take on his first fight. They are going to hype the shit outta him and for him to lose would be horrible for his debut.
Dizzylittlelord- July 17, 2010 at 8:42 am
that might be once of the most disturbing pictures ever considering all jake did to that guy was spoon him
cecils_pupils- July 17, 2010 at 8:41 am
I have no comment.
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