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Shields vs. Alessio on Sept. 20 not a done deal

Despite reports to the contrary, a EliteXC welterweight title defense by Jake Shields against former UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio to take place on Sept. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M. is not a done deal. learned of this development after contacting Jack Shields, Jake Shields’ father and manager.

According to Jack Shields, his son has received an offer from EliteXC to fight Alessio but that another organization has offered Shields an opportunity to fight a “top five” middleweight on their show this fall.

The feeling is that a fight with Alessio will be available at a later date now that he is a part of the EliteXC roster while the shot at the unnamed middleweight will not. The elder Shields indicated that whether or not Shields can accept the fight will come down to whether the two promotions can reach an agreement.

  • Joseph says:

    WOW! So, Shields is serious about moving to MW.

    So, who would air this event?

  • rolltide says:

    Is he fighting Elitexc’s definition of a top 5 middleweight or the rest of the world’s?

  • BadMonkey says:

    No joke, rolltide! When was the last time Trigg was considered top 5?

  • Rich B says:

    Might they be referencing Cung Le? Not top 5, of course, but you don’t hype up a fight buy saying top 16 or something, ya know?

  • gatsu says:

    I concur; frank trigg is not a top 5 or even top 10.

  • […] Five Oz. is hearing that Shields is being considered as an opponent for Frank Trigg at Strikeforce’s Oct 3 event, however Trigg said yesterday that he isn’t even signed to compete on the card despite being named as a participant in yesterday’s Strikeforce press release and appearing on the event’s promotional materials. Plus, is claiming that Strikeforce VP Mike Afromowitz has stated that rumor is “false.” […]

  • LiuLang says:

    Shields by RNC

  • Gabber says:

    Ummm Vitor, broken hand? Lindland without an opponent for October 11?

    I don’t see Lindland as a top 5 MW. But some people can spin it that way for sure. 😛

  • GassedOut says:

    I think Gabber is right. It’s Lindland. All bet’s are off on if the fight will take place given the two promotion’s past history together. I’d like to see it though.


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