Jake Shields Will Debut In WSOF At 170lbs, Not Worried About UFC Release

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was recently let go by the and although one may think getting released by the biggest MMA promotion could be a major let down, Shields took it in stride and explained why it was “no big deal” in a recent interview with Sherdog:

“I was a little bit annoyed and a little bit irritated, but it’s not that big of a deal,” said Shields of his release, as transcribed by Sherdog. “It is what it is. You’ve just got to move on. A year or two ago it would have been really bad, with no options, but I think right now MMA is starting to blow up outside the UFC. seems to really be doing good things and we were lucky enough to work out a deal with them and move forward with my career at that point.”

“At this point I’m thinking welterweight. My weight’s not real big and I’m kind of staying — I’m actually only in the high 180s, so it would be an easy cut to 170. When I was going up to 185, I can definitely fight at that weight, but it takes a lot of heavy lifting. It takes some time to build back up. I’m not saying I wouldn’t fight there again, but I’d just need a little time to do some heavy lifting and put some weight on.”

“They haven’t thrown any names yet. I haven’t really thought about it too much. I know obviously they have Palhares and Fitch; I think they’re already signed to fight each other. So yeah, I’ll probably fight somebody else there. I know they have Burkman. They have a couple of other good guys at my weight. I’d have to look at the lineup. … Nowadays there can be really tough guys I’ve never heard of as well.”

“I would think I would be up for a title fight in one, two at most. I’m still a name. I’m arguably top 10, so it makes sense to put me in for a title fight pretty fast, but at this point I’m not too worried about it.”

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