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Jake Shields says WSOF champ Rousimar Palhares is 'dirty,' wants to prove Dana White wrong

New No. 1 welterweight contender Jake Shields says he's going to rid World Series of Fighting (WSOF) of its "dirty" champion, Rousimar Palhares.

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Jake Shields has his broom and dustpan in hand and wants to sweep his way to another world title.

Following a first-round win over Brian Foster at WSOF 17, Shields is ready to "clean up" the promotion's welterweight division. Speaking to Submission Radio, Shields said that welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares can't go for a leg lock without trying to end your career.

"He's going to try and break (your leg) and that's something I'm aware of. So he's a dirty fighter. So when you fight someone like this, you have to get the mindset back that he's going to try and hurt me, so I'm going to try and hurt him."

Trying is the operative word when it comes to Palhares. He's rolled through three straight opponents with one heel hook or knee bar after another, making quick work of former champion Steve Carl in the process. Shields is aware of just how dangerous Palhares can be.

"Anything is possible. So to say I'm not going to worry about it, it's possible. That would be stupid of me, but I'm not particularly worried. I have great leg locks myself. I would love to go out there and to try to leg lock him back. Usually he goes in there with guys that don't know what they're doing, so he's playing someone that can't attack him back."

Shields is in a unique position right now as the No. 1 contender in WSOF, and also holding a win over current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Even though Dana White dismissed Jake Shields from UFC with prejudice, Shields has not ruled out making a return to the promotion.

"I've beaten the current UFC champ and I think I'm on an upswing and not a downswing. So it would be kinda nice to go out there and take the title just to prove Dana wrong. Nothing personal against Dana, but it's always nice proving people wrong."

Audio from Shields' interview with Submission Radio can be found below.

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