One of the big names on the now defunct EliteXC roster that will be looking for a new home to showcase his talent is their welterweight champion Jake Shields. Shields, who is riding an eleven fight win streak has won a Rock on the Rock tournament and the EliteXC title in that span and has also defeated the likes of Dave Menne, Carlo Condit, Yushin Okami and most recently Mike Pyle, Nick Thompson, and Paul Daley.
With EliteXC finding it hard to find solid free agent talent for the top ten ranked to face, Shields had considered a move back to Middleweight to possibly face Robbie Lawler or Matt Lindland down the road but with EliteXC bankrupt Shields now could possibly look to move on to greener pastures and into the mix with the best welterweights in the world in the UFC.
“Jake Shields in the UFC has now become a real possibility,” was posted on Graciefighter.com when news began to break regarding EliteXC shutting down.
“Right now I just want to make sure my contract is free (from EliteXC) and then we will go from there” Shields told MMAnews.com when asked about what was next.
Shields has been vocal in the past about wanting to fight in the UFC when his contract with EXC ran out and with the likes of Jon Fitch, Josh Kocheck, and welterweight king Georges St. Pierre sitting at the top of the world rankings the UFC could be next for Shields. “I will listen to other offers but the most likely place for me will be the UFC.”
Now, the only thing standing between Shields and the UFC or any other organization for that matter is what will happen with his contract with the EliteXC. If the contract gets held up in legal proceedings there is a chance Shields could be left in limbo until what happens next with ProElite all pans out.