Though the amount of air time he will receive may remain in question, one thing is certain – current Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields will act as one of Chuck Liddell’s assistant coaches on the upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter. Shields broke the news to fans on his website as well as on The Underground.
According to the first and final EliteXC Welterweight Champion, he will be leaving for Las Vegas on Thursday for a little less than two months while filming takes place.
“Chuck asked me a couple weeks ago and I agreed to help out. Should be fun,” said the Cesar Gracie-trained fighter.
The Californian is widely considered to be one of the top welterweights in the world and holds victories over Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Paul Daley, and Robbie Lawler, as well as the remarkable claim of having beaten Carlos Condit and Yushin Okami on the same night in 2006. He most recently scored a unanimous decision over Jason “Mayhem” Miller at ”Strikeforce – Fedor vs. Rogers” this past November and is riding a thirteen-fight win streak covering more than four years.
Nothing was mentioned in regards to how the stint might affect Shields’ rumored title-defense in April against recently signed Strikeforce middleweight Dan Henderson.