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Jake Shields Vs Joe Riggs At Next Strikeforce Event On April 11

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Former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields has reached an agreement to fight for Strikeforce, signing on to the San Jose-based promotion’s April 11 Showtime debut to face veteran Joe Riggs.

Aroundtheoctagon.com was the first to report the news. MMAWeekly.com subsequently confirmed it with Shields’ manager and father Jack Shields.
















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Post #1   2/18/09 12:54:14AM   

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Let's get a petition going to get Jake Shields some credible opposition (aka a UFC contract). I bet he was really excited for about 90 days when his contract was back up in the air, thinking he too could fight a top 10 welter weight. Now he's fighting Joe Riggs, nothing against Joe, but he's not credible opposition. When do you decide to make a career move to being on the big stage.

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Go strikeforce, make it right and balance the power.

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Posted by kasual

Let's get a petition going to get Jake Shields some credible opposition (aka a UFC contract). I bet he was really excited for about 90 days when his contract was back up in the air, thinking he too could fight a top 10 welter weight. Now he's fighting Joe Riggs, nothing against Joe, but he's not credible opposition. When do you decide to make a career move to being on the big stage.



I think Shields is making the right decision by signing back up with Strikeforce. He is still young and Strikeforce can give him massive exposure with their TV deal, building his name up as the best WW outside of the UFC.

Eventually the big money offer will come and that is when Shields will/should make his move imo.

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It's a great move because there's a lot of exchange between Strikeforce and Japanese fighters. Lots of potential matchups like Kazuo Misaki--maybe he could be Cung Le's next challenge since Shamrock doesn't want a piece--maybe they would even allow Jake to enter into the WW Grand Prix in April and potentially face off against a guy he called out--Shinya Aoki!

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Posted by Wolfenstein

It's a great move because there's a lot of exchange between Strikeforce and Japanese fighters. Lots of potential matchups like Kazuo Misaki--maybe he could be Cung Le's next challenge since Shamrock doesn't want a piece--maybe they would even allow Jake to enter into the WW Grand Prix in April and potentially face off against a guy he called out--Shinya Aoki!



You should apply for a job as the mediator in Strikeforce/Dream negotiations.

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This should be a better fight than people give it credit.

Riggs is so young with tons of exp. But I will prolly still take shields for the win.

Post #7   2/18/09 9:42:45AM   

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Jake had a lot of problems with Paul Daley the few times he couldn't get him to the mat.Joe would have to sprawl every take down and keep it on the feet.If he could do that,he could most likely win-Shields looks absolutley helpless on the feet against Daley,which is sad considering he is a legit Top Ten WW.

I'm still picking Shields by first round sub.The cut to 170 is just too much for Joe,and after a couple minutes he will get tired and will either let Shields take him down or will take Shields down himself,and get subbed.

WB.

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Posted by Wolfenstein

It's a great move because there's a lot of exchange between Strikeforce and Japanese fighters. Lots of potential matchups like Kazuo Misaki--maybe he could be Cung Le's next challenge since Shamrock doesn't want a piece--maybe they would even allow Jake to enter into the WW Grand Prix in April and potentially face off against a guy he called out--Shinya Aoki!




definitly a great move.....great exposure given the tv deal....plus i think people tend to forget that theres life outside of the ufc...granted not so much in the ww division, but moves up to middleweight are defintily possible, were alot of cross promotion could go on as well as internal....plus, shields is a pretty big ww so i doubt he would have trouble with size against most middleweights anyways..... even tho i believe he is overated, i do think that people arent given him enough credit for what he accomplished int he elite xc....granted he wasnt fighting top 10 guys, but nick thompson is very legit fighter as well as paul daley....he man handled thompson, and tho he struggled a little bit, he still got the submission win against a guy whos very experienced and beat a lot of good guys.....if your not a ufc ww this is the type of opposition you want to be facing to stay sharp for the big matches......he really really really needs to work on the stand up tho...its basically pathetic...and joe riggs, say what ya want, but he is a very legit fighter, like the rest, he is experienced and has beat good fighters in multiple weightclasses.....weight cut aside, riggs poses a lot of problems for shields....riggs has excellent boxing with excellent power, and good wrestling, and in my mind a guy that can keep it on the feet and strike is shields kryptonite...look at the daley fight, perfect example and daleys take down d isnt the greatest....in the end tho, i still think he comes away with a win, but not as easy as a lot of people seem to be jumping too.

Post #9   2/18/09 12:35:15PM