MMA’s hottest free agent has finally found his way to the Octagon. After years of posturing and months of negotiations, FORMER Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields has just confirmed he will be taking his talents to the UFC.
“UFC contract officially signed. Fighting Kampmann in CA in a few months. Thanks to @danawhite and everyone for their support,” Shields Tweeted.
The only show the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion has scheduled this fall in the Golden State is UFC 121 on October 23rd. That card features the highly anticipated heavyweight title scrap between champion Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.
In addition to vacating Strikeforce’s 185-pound crown, Shields also left behind the EliteXC welterweight belt when the company went belly up a couple years back. Despite his lofty aspirations, Shields is expected to test the welterweight waters before attempting to enter Anderson Silva’s middleweight division.
Kampmann owns an impressive 17-3 professional record and has quietly put together a solid resume. The Xtreme Couture trained slugger was last seen posting the biggest win of his career when he thoroughly manhandled Paulo Thiago for unanimous decision at UFC 115.