Strikeforce In No Rush To Re-Sign Jake Shields
Fresh off his first title defense, Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields (25-4-1) is in limbo right now with time ticking down on his current contract. It would appear even with a convincing victory over former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson, that Strikeforce appears to be in no rush to re-sign Shields.
“The time is ticking,” Shields’ father and manager, Jack, said Monday. “We’d like to move forward as soon as possible. I’d like to be negotiating right now.”
Maybe Strikeforce is feeling the pressure from the UFC and it’s president Dana White, who mouthed the words “He’s mine” to the camera at a recent UFC event that both he and Shields attended.
Or maybe the promotion may just release him outright, but waiting for the contract to expire in three weeks would allow Strikeforce to counter any offers made to Shields.
“Can I guarantee that we won’t release him? No, I can’t,” Coker said when asked about cutting Shields. “It depends on how the last two or three weeks of negotiation go. I won’t be able to answer until negotiations are over. Is it a possibility? It’s a possibility. If we’re not going to be in the Jake Shields business, let’s just move on. That’s how I feel. This is a business. Jake has a career and a life and it’s not fair to him. But Jake is a guy we’ve appreciated having him as part of the family.”
Only time will tell, and three weeks from now you’ll be reading an article from The MMA News telling you which promotion Jake Shields signed with and his reasons for doing so.
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