Jake Shields: “I wanted the option of leaving Strikeforce”

Strikeforce middleweight champion, Jake Shields has recently revealed, that after his first title defence on April 17th against Dan Henderson, he’s officially a free agent and will be exploring his options.

Shields, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“I am happy with Strikeforce. They’ve given me big fights like I asked for, so I’m happy with them. But also, I do want big fights, and of course the UFC has a lot of big fights as well. I try not to think about that too much; I’m just trying to get through Dan. This is the biggest fight of my career. I’ll just get through that and re-evaluate the situation from there.”

“I wanted to be a free agent. I haven’t been a free agent in a couple of years, and I wanted the option of leaving Strikeforce. Not that I’m leaving Strikeforce; I just wanted the option. Right now, I can’t really talk to other shows. It’s in the contract. You can’t talk any business. So I just want to be in a situation where I can look at my options and figure it out from there.”

“I like Strikeforce, so as long as it’s a good offer, and it looks like they’re going to get some good opponents – I also want to fight top competition, so it’s the combination of pay, exposure, and top competition. Those are the three things I’ll make my decision off of.”

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