It didn’t take Jake Shields long to find a new home after being released by the UFC. On Thursday evening, Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report reported that Shields has signed with World Series of Fighting. Botter confirmed the news with WSOF executive Shawn Lampman.
Shields will join an impressive welterweight division in WSOF, with the likes of former UFC standouts Jon Fitch and Rousimar Palhares, who is currently the WSOF 170-pound champion.
Fans were upset with the UFC’s decision to release Shields following his loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171, but there will be plenty of high-profile fights for the former Strikeforce champion under the World Series of Fighting banner.
There is no word on when Shields’ debut will be with World Series of Fighting, but he claims that it will come soon.
World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN on June 21, with WSOF 10 at Event Center at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. With Shields training in California and fighting out of San Francisco, it would make sense for the promotion to feature him on the card.
WSOF 10 is headlined by a championship double-header with Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Rick Glenn for the featherweight title and David Branch vs. Jesse Taylor for the inaugural middleweight belt.