Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-6) stated today that he would face Jake Shields (23-4-1) for the Strikeforce interim middleweight title. While no date has been set for the fight, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker noted last week on TapouT Radio that Shields would fight for the Strikeforce interim middleweight championship in October.
“I’m set to take on Jake Shields for the middleweight championship of the world in Strikeforce,” Miller stated in a post on MyFightTeam.com.
Coker had stated during the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg post-fight press conference that Miller had a contract with Strikeforce, but is also allowed to fight in Japan for DREAM. Miller last fought in DREAM last May, where he fought to a no-contest with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at DREAM.9 for the vacant DREAM middleweight title, when the fight was stopped due to a cut on Souza after an illegal kick to the head from Miller.
Shields, long considered one of the top welterweights outside of the UFC, recently entered the middleweight fray earning a first round submission win over “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields in June.
Riding a 12 fight-winning streak, Shields is poised to capitalize on the moonlighting Cung Le, the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion who has been absent from the organization for more than a year. Apparently, Le has his sights set on Cannes rather than the cage. Coker explained, “With Cung, he has a couple of obligations . . . He has fight obligations for us, and then he has obligations for some movie deals that he has signed on to.”
“It’s retarded,” Shields recently stated of Le not being stripped of the title to Rod Moyer of FightLine.com. “First off, I think Cung Lee should fight me or be stripped. It should be as simple of that, but he doesn’t want to fight me. So I’ll fight whoever, you know, Matt Lindland, [Frank] Shamrock, Vitor Belfor. I’m willing to fight whoever they throw at me. I love to fight and I’ll fight anyone.”
Miller was slated to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at DREAM.11 on October 6 for the vacant DREAM middleweight title. However, that bout may be in jeapordy as DREAM recently released the poster for the event, which did not feature the two fighters.
Thanks to Darryl Heslop