By Zach Arnold | July 1, 2010
I love the use of the term ‘release.’ I love even more the fact that Strikeforce, according to Dave Meltzer, tried to keep Jake Shields out of HP Pavilion from watching this past weekend’s MMA event.
But the cherry on top of the proverbial sundae is that for some reason the promotion simply didn’t let Jake Shields walk away to the UFC. No, you see, they ‘released him’ while negotiating with him during a bidding war with the UFC. Take note that it’s Jake Shields’ father who is quoted in the Sherdog article. Even on media leaks, Showtime and Strikeforce get outworked!
Sorry, Strikeforce & Showtime, but you can’t fire someone who already fired you (shamefully, I might add) when he showed up with Dana White at Arco Arena a week after beating your biggest free-agent signing. This kind of story is exactly the thing I talked about yesterday in my MMA Torch column that you should read if you haven’t already done so.
BRYAN ALVAREZ: “Jake Shields, FIRED today. You can’t quit, YOU’RE FIRED!”
DAVE MELTZER: “Yeah. Well, it was bound to happen. I mean, before he even left when they were already talking about the tournament, you know what I’m saying? I mean, you know, and I saw Jake at the show Saturday and you know I mean he wasn’t like 100% but I mean you know… the minute he showed up on that WEC show with Dana (White), you know, even if he hadn’t decided, the bottom line is that I think that Strikeforce pretty much decided they weren’t going to make him any kind offer. That was slapping them in the face, it really was.”
BRYAN ALVAREZ: “Well, he probably [expletive] himself on his own negotiations, too.”
DAVE MELTZER: “He may have. You know… I mean as far as leverage and going back-and-forth, you know them pulling out certainly hurts his leverage, you know but I think Dana is going to make him a good offer no matter what. He was already going after him. I don’t think he’s going to lowball him even though he’s got the leverage to do it now. However, he… if they had gotten both sides you know they could have gotten into a bidding war to take it higher on both sides and that is not going to happen. So, you know, he’s going to get I think what probably would be a fair deal, you know, and it’ll be interesting to see who he faces because you get a guy who can strike with the takedown defense and I mean Jake’s got that weakness, you know, I mean his striking sucks, you know by you know the level of a top 185 or 170 pounder. His ground game is fantastic and his wrestling is very good. So, you know he can beat you know if you don’t have very good takedown defense, he will beat you. But, you know, the guys, if you got great takedown and you can hit, that’s going to be Jake’s weakness.”
The most interesting aspect to this story is that the Shields camp wants to face Anderson Silva. We all know what Dana White said before the fight between Shields and Dan Henderson when he said that Shields had no business being in there against a guy that big. Wonder what Dana would say if there was money at stake to book a fight between Shields and Anderson?