Jake Shields: GSP and Anderson Silva are the guys I want to fight; St. Pierre works his striking with Freddie Roach
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields vocalized his thoughts regarding the future of his career, in light of the expiry of his current Strikeforce contract. Shields has significantly raised his stakes after a dominating performance against Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville, alerting the UFC President Dana White to chase for his signature. In his interview to FiveKnuckles.com, Shields discussed his Strikeforce obligations and the fights against the P4P best:
“I’m not 100% a free agent yet, I have another month or so before that passes.
We need to sit down and see what Strikeforce has to offer and what they want to do. Obviously GSP and Anderson Silva are guys that I want to fight.
I think facing GSP will be a great fight and it has me really excited. I’m hoping that’s a fight will come together sometime soon. I think we’re both tremendous wrestlers… I think my submission grappling is a little better, his stand-up game is a little better.”
Meanwhile, speaking to MMAFighting.com UFC President Dana White declared (once again) that he will be definitely around what Shield’s contract with Strikeforce is up: “I don’t know what the deal is with his contract, but when he contract is up, I can guarantee you that he and I will be on the phone.”
As for Georges St. Pierre, UFC Welterweight Champion is currently training with the legendary boxing coach Freddy Roach, working on the further improvement of his striking techniques. GSP will be coaching in the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, against the future UFC Welterweight Title challenger Josh Koscheck.
GSP is currently on a 7-fight unbeaten streak, fighting some of the top Welterweights in the World. “Rush” has successfully defended his title for four times, since defeating the arch nemesis Matt Serra at UFC 83 in April of 2008.