UFC President Dana White has apparently reneged his promise to award Jon Fitch the next title shot at 170 pounds, a shot which he was believed to have earned after defeating Thiago Alves at UFC 117. White has been backpedaling on Fitch’s title shot since Fitch’s win and recently stated that Jake Shields may be next for a title shot against current kingpin Georges St-Pierre if he is victorious against Martin Kampmann tonight at UFC 121.
“If Jake Shields wins against Martin Kampmann, it’ll probably be him next,” said White.
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre is currently set to take on American Kickboxing Academy product Josh Koscheck this December at UFC 124 on December 11. St. Pierre and Koscheck have met once before, with St. Pierre dominating Koscheck en route to a unanimous decision win.
UFC newcomer Jake Shields is presumably being groomed for a title shot (though a bout against Dutch striker Martin Kampmann is no walk in the park) considering that he enters the UFC technically still the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. Shields defeated former UFC fighter and Pride FC champion Dan Henderson to make his first and only title defense before exiting the Strikeforce promotion for the more high-profile proving grounds of the UFC. A match up between Sheilds and St. Pierre may be more appealing to White since Fitch has previously challenged for St. Pierre’s title and was dominated thoroughly over five rounds.
Jake Shields faces Martin Kampmann at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velásquez tonight in Anaheim, California. As always, FightLine.com will provide live coverage of the event.