Jake Shields: Lack of EliteXC depth at 170 pounds may force change
by John Morgan on Oct 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm ET
With the dust settled after a back-and-forth title affair at "EliteXC: Heat," EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) feels he may be forced to make a change in his career.
While a recent guest of TAGG Radio (TAGG Radio Network - Home of TAGG Radio & The Lights Out Show!
), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com
), Shields reinforced his possible move to 185 pounds -- and also hinted at opportunities outside of the organization.
"I have no problem fighting at 170 (pounds) if I have the right people to fight," Shields said. "But unfortunately, besides the UFC, there's just not a lot of huge fights right now."
Currently ranked No. 3 in the world in WAMMA's welterweight poll, Shields is the only fighter in the top-10 not fighting in a Zuffa, LLC-owned organization. That fact may encourage Shields to move up to 185 pounds.
"There are some really good [185 pound fighters] outside the UFC, so it puts me in a situation where I'm kind of stuck," Shields said. "I have to go up in weight or fight guys that don't have the same name recognition."
Riding an 11-fight win streak, the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter has knocked off the likes of Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Paul Daley and Nick Thompson. With two fights remaining on his EliteXC contract, Shields sugested a move to the UFC may be a possibility.
"To get the big fights, you've got to fight the guys with equal name recognition," Shields explained "So I'm kind of stuck in a situation where either I have to go to the UFC or fight up a weight."
Shields also discussed his Oct. 4 bout with Paul Daley, what happened behind the curtains at the event's official weigh-ins, and how he's been spending his days since the victory. To hear the full interview, download Monday's edition of TAGG Radio, available for free in the TAGG Radio archives.
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