Jake Shields: “It makes me feel great to have someone as powerful as Dana White behind me”

Strikeforce middleweight champion, Jake Shields has been speaking publicly about his options outside of Strikeforce, Dana White, and the fact he wasn’t portrayed in the original Strikeforce: Nashville promos.

Shields, speaking via MMAWeekly.com, said:

“I took the risk. I had the option of course to renegotiate my contract before the fight, and I just felt like it wasn’t really that I wanted to leave Strikeforce, I felt like I wanted to be a free agent and take things from there.”

“It makes me feel great to have them behind me, especially someone as powerful as Dana White. He’s obviously very important in this sport. I still like Strikeforce. I don’t have any bad feelings towards them. They’ve always been good.”

Shields on the advertising campaign for Nashville which highlights his opponent, Dan Henderson with little or no mention of him:

“By them doing that it’s kind of pushing me out, but who knows, nothing’s 100 percent at this point still. I’m just worried about training really hard, and if I go out there and beat Henderson it’s really going to shake things up and put me in a really good situation.”

“There’s a lot of factors to take in place, but I’m just worried about getting through this fight and take it from there. I know Henderson’s a tough fight for the last fight on my contract, but I feel like going for it and taking it from there and see what happens.”

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