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Dana White: 'Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce -- and he's definitely coming to the UFC'




"Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce, and he's definitely coming to the UFC. First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn't even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, 'Oh my God. He won. What do we do?' I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn't want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. But that's them. They're a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!"

UFC President Dana White is definitely using the word "definitely" again, this time in predicting the definite future home of Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields. The grappling wizard gave UFC import Dan Henderson a rude awakening at last Saturday's "Nashville" event to retain his title and dramatically increase his market value. The San Jose-based fight promotion is running out of time to exercise their remaining fight option and could be looking at a hefty price tag to re-sign him and keep him out of the UFC. Definitely.

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