Dana White is not one to keep his mouth shut about future UFC prospects, that includes Strikeforce’s middleweight champion Jake Shields.
“Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce, and he’s definitely coming to the UFC. First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn’t even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, ‘Oh my God. He won. What do we do?’ I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn’t want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. But that’s them. They’re a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!” [Source]
Jake Shields who has expressed a lot of interest in fighting the best in the UFC, will have his chance to jump ship now that his Strikeforce contract is up for renewal. All this talk can only be a good thing for Shields who now has two promotions vying for his loyalty.