WSOF Signs Jake Shields
After being released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship less than a month ago, Welterweight fighter Jake Shields has already found a new home with the World Series of Fighting. According to Brett Okamoto, Shields was signed to a four-fight deal, and is expected to debut sometime this summer.
In a statement to Bleacher Report, Shields said: “I am very excited to be fighting for the World Series of Fighting. They have one of if not the best welterweight divisions in the world and I look forward to fighting great fighters like Jon Fitch, Rousimar Palhares, Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris and more. I also believe I will now be in an environment where fighters are embraced which will allow my performance at my very best! My first fight for WSOF will be soon so stay tuned. My thanks to the MMA community and fans for all the love and support.”
Shields last fought at UFC 171, where he dropped a dominant decision to Hector Lombard. The cut sparked surprise and outrage from some, since before that, Shields was 3-0-1 in his previous 4 fights. However, several of the fights were tedious and debated decision wins. It is unknown who Shields will be fighting first in WSOF, but the organization’s Welterweight division is one of the deepest divisions outside of the UFC, so there are plenty of options.