Photo by Dave Mandel, Sherdog.com.
Source: World Series of Fighting
World Series of Fighting made official on Monday the signing of former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields. Also the only man to hold the Elite XC welterweight crown, Shields joins a growing welterweight roster in World Series of Fighting that includes such fighters as current champion Rousimar Palhares and contenders Jon Fitch, Josh Burkman, Steve Carl and Gerald Harris.
The California-based fighter has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in July. He brings a 29-7-1 record into the cage and will make his first appearance against an opponent to be named shortly.
Shields has beaten a very impressive who's who list of fighters that includes Dan Henderson, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, Martin Kampmann, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jason Miller and Yushin Okami.
Shields is ranked as a top 10 welterweight and possesses a resume that encompasses 15 years of professional fighting. The 35-year-old is a proud member of the "Skrap Pack," where he trains alongside such fighters as Gilbert Milendez and the Diaz brothers. He also works closely with coach Tareq Azim at his Empower gym in San Francisco.
"I have so much to prove, and I will become the World Series of Fighting welterweight champion," Shields said. "I'm really looking forward to fighting at my new home with World Series of Fighting. I think that when you look at the World Series of Fighting welterweight roster, there is no denying that they're housing many of the world's best, and I'm proud to be a part of that group."
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo also voiced his excitement in the signing of Shields.
"Jake has been a top fighter in professional mixed martial arts for years now," he stated. "You know you've got one of the best in the world when you sign someone who has won multiple championship belts and has had 15-fight win streaks over some of the world class fighters he's beaten. This kid is an extremely tough, proven warrior capable of beating anyone who stands in his way. I'm extremely proud we were able to sign him and I will continue bringing fighters of this caliber to World Series of Fighting."