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Strikeforce Champion Jake Shields Set to Appear on TUF 11

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.

9 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    I bet Dana is in his ear a lot(offscreen) about coming over to the ufc as soon as hi finishes up his contract. My guess is he will be treated pretty well.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Hmmm…. should be more concerned about Hendo knocking his block off.

    Wonder what DW thinks about this…

  • Rece Rock says:

    @ fanoftna33:

    If he loses to Hendo, DW will want nothing to do with him… IF he gets the W then I can see DW interested… that’s a big “IF” though.

  • nate says:

    what a misleading title! lol. i thought jake was joining the cast! (i know he is above that though.) he will make a great coach, however if & when he gets bispinged by hendo DW may not want him anymore.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Rece Rock, I think he will lose to Henderson, but remember thats at 185, it really isnt that big of a stain on your record if you are a WW fighter and lose to Henderson at 185. The ufc could really use some new top guys at WW and we would get some great match ups.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    “however if & when he gets bispinged by hendo”

    Ha Ha, Nate! Is that going to become the new term for getting KTFO’d? Bisping’d! Love it.

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    A Bisping is the ringing in your ears after you get knocked out.
    I love that Chucks team will learn takedown defense from Chuck, and lay and pray/passionate leg love from Shields. I bet Dana tries to get someone from the other team to start sh*?t with Shields hoping it becomes a fight and the unknown drops him. Instant career, middle finger to Strikeforce, win win and dollar signs for Dana. Just wait, someone will have beef with Shields, hell it might be Tito if he is willing to play Dana’s game. Even if someone on his team is rolling with him and catches him in a legit submission during practice, we will definitely see it. This is why again Strikeforce is minor league. You wouldn’t see a UFC champ training someone on a Strikeforce show, at least not since Chuck got bludgeoned by Rampage in Pride. That will NEVER happen again.

  • submit662266 says:

    I agree Nate, I also thought Jake was going to make the jump. That’d be a helluva way to run from Hendo. While on the subject, when he does need to run from Hendo during their fight, he should circle to his right.

  • Connor Cobain says:

    Yourdaddydevilandlord: A Bisping is the ringing in your ears after you get knocked out.I love that Chucks team will learn takedown defense from Chuck, and lay and pray/passionate leg love from Shields. I bet Dana tries to get someone from the other team to start sh*?t with Shields hoping it becomes a fight and the unknown drops him. Instant career, middle finger to Strikeforce, win win and dollar signs for Dana. Just wait, someone will have beef with Shields, hell it might be Tito if he is willing to play Dana’s game. Even if someone on his team is rolling with him and catches him in a legit submission during practice, we will definitely see it. This is why again Strikeforce is minor league. You wouldn’t see a UFC champ training someone on a Strikeforce show, at least not since Chuck got bludgeoned by Rampage in Pride. That will NEVER happen again.  (Quote)

    Agree with most of it, but remember that when Chuck was in Pride for that small time he was one of the UFC’s best fighters but by no means was there best at the time. They did’nt send Randy over, but Chuck did KO Overeem in Pride (which by the way is on the new Best OF Pride show that zuffa’s doing).

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