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.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com 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.