Jake Shields

Shields-Fickett Scrapped


Jake Shields throws a body kick at Renato Verissimo. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The highly-anticipated EliteXC welterweight title showdown between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett scheduled for this weekend’s co-promoted event with Strikeforce has been scrapped.

EliteXC parent company ProElite officially announced the cancellation on their website earlier this afternoon, citing an injury Shields suffered during training as the reason why the Cesar Gracie product will be unable to compete. Five Ounces of Pain reports that Shields has pulled a muscle in his back.

The fight was slated to take place on the television portion of a card which features a main event middleweight contest between former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and decorated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le.

Shields was victorious over Mike Pyle in his last fight at EliteXC: Renegade in November. The bout was originally slated to be for EliteXC’s welterweight belt but that idea was scrapped once Pyle decided not to sign a contract extension with the promotion.

After spending over two years under the Zuffa banner, Fickett decided to explore new opportunities and submitted both Anthony Lapsley and Mark Weir in separate HDNet Fights and Cage Rage events. No word as to whether or not a replacement opponent will be found for Fickett in time.

Shields, Fickett to Battle for EliteXC Belt


Jake Shields and Mike Pyle square off at the weigh-ins for EliteXC: Renegade. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC

Welterweight phenom Jake Shields will attempt to become EliteXC’s first welterweight champion in history when he vies for the vacant title against UFC veteran Drew Fickett at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Cung Le on March 29th.

The fight, which has not yet been officially announced, was revealed by Shields through his MySpace.

The event is scheduled to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and includes an anticipated main event middleweight contest between former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and decorated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le.

Shields was victorious over Mike Pyle in his last fight at EliteXC: Renegade in November. The bout was originally slated to be for EliteXC’s welterweight belt but that idea was scrapped once Pyle decided not to sign a contract extension with the promotion.

After spending over two years under the Zuffa banner, Fickett decided to explore new opportunities and has now fought twice in the last four months in two different promotions. Fickett submitted both Anthony Lapsley and Mark Weir in separate HDNet Fights and Cage Rage events.

Report: Shamrock-Le Set for March 29

Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Frank Shamrock and Cung Le will meet in a middleweight bout on March 29th at the second co-promoted show between Strikeforce and Elite XC, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Since returning to active competition, Shamrock has submitted Phil Baroni and knocked out Cesar Gracie. His lone loss since that time came last February when he was disqualified for illegally kneeing Renzo Gracie while he was on the ground in their bout. Le, a San-Shou expert and former K-1 kickboxer, is undefeated thus far in his mixed martial arts career. His last fight was a win over former UFC middleweight Sam Morgan in November.

Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields are also expected to compete on the card according to Meltzer.

Noons Upsets Diaz to Win Title at EliteXC

On a night when Kimbo Slice made his eagerly awaited professional Mixed Martial Arts debut, KJ Noons stole the show with a shocking first-round TKO over heavily-favored Nick Diaz to capture the EliteXC lightweight world championship Saturday on Showtime

The event, which took place at The American Bank Center Arena, was presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In other televised bouts, world-ranked Jake Shields, who signed a long term deal with EliteXC late Friday, earned his ninth win a row with a hard-fought first round submission (rear naked choke) over Mike Pyle, come backing super heavyweight sensation Antonio “Big Foot” Silva won his first fight in nine months via an opening-round submission (rear naked choke) over Jonathan Wiezorek and Kyle Noke, the bodyguard of the late “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin, took his EliteXC debut with a second-round TKO over “Dr.’’ Seth Kleinbeck due to orbital cut.

With the exception of Diaz-Noons, which was scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds, the fights were three, 5-minute rounds.

“This was a terrific show for EliteXC, Showtime, and the fans in attendance,’’ Shaw said. “It is unfortunate that the Noons-Diaz fight had to be stopped, but fans need to understand that doctors stop fights for the health and safety of the fighters.

“KJ was simply outstanding. He is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. He beat the guy who was considered the best lightweight, so he is No. 1. Kimbo showed that he is going to be a superstar. I believe we’ve got the best heavyweight in the world in Silva and the best welterweight in the world in Shields. They are going to be world champions. Noke was impressive against a tough fighter.

“All and all, it was a great night.’’

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EliteXC: Renegade Quick Results

Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly - Submission (Strikes)
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk - Unanimous Decision
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Antonio Silva def. Jon Wiezorek - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck - TKO (Cut)
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kevin Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell - TKO (Strikes)
Karl James Noons def. Nick Diaz - TKO (Cut)

EliteXC: Renegade Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering EliteXC: Renegade with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, videos, and much more:

EliteXC: Renegade Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections - EliteXC: Renegade
Shields Not Taking Pyle Lightly
Noons Ready to Prove Doubters Wrong
Kimbo Discusses His Start in MMA
EliteXC: Renegade Press Conference Quotes
Cantrell to Replace Injured Bourke
Report: Edwards-Baca; Silva-Wiezorek Added to EliteXC: Renegade
Report: Diaz Meets Noons in EliteXC Title Bout
Report: Shields-Pyle to Clash
Report: Shields Part of EliteXC November Card

Main Card:

Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons
Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell
Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek

Preliminary Bouts:

Yves Edwards vs. Nick Gonzalez
Geoff Bumstead vs. Robert Ruiz
Jon Kirk vs. Matt Lucas
Brett Rogers s.Ralph Kelly
Jae Suk Lim vs. Daniel Pineda

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Shields Signs Long-Term Deal With EliteXC

The decision, it turns out, was a no-brainer. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to even call it a decision.

“The plan was always to stay with EliteXC,’’ said Jake Shields, who has re-signed with Los Angeles-based ProElite’s Live Fight Division. “For some reason, reporters were running like crazy with the notion that I was going to leave and sign with some other organization. I talked with other groups, but, in the end, I decided the best thing for me and my career was to stay put. I have been happy with EliteXC from the beginning. They have been like family to me.’’

Gary Shaw, EliteXC Live Event President, made the announcement Friday night on the eve of an EliteXC cage fight card here. In one of Saturday’s top bouts at the American Bank Center Arena on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Shields will take on Mike Pyle.

“Jake is, flat-out, No. 1 in the world in his weight class and we are thrilled that he has re-signed with us,’’ Shaw said. “He has been part of the EliteXC family from the beginning. Jake and his dad, Jack, are class acts and a joy to not only work with but to be around.”

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EliteXC: Renegade Weigh-In Results

Showtime Bouts:

Nick Diaz (160 lbs) vs. KJ Noons (160 lbs)
Kimbo Slice (238 lbs) vs. Bo Cantrell (235 lbs)
Jake Shields (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Seth Kleinbeck (185 lbs) vs. Kyle Noke (186 lbs)
Antonio Silva (265 lbs) vs. Jonathan Wiezorek (271 lbs)

Undercard Bouts:

Geoff Bumstead (205 lbs) vs. Robert Ruiz (227 lbs)
Yves Edwards (161 lbs) vs. Nick Gonzalez (161 lbs)
Jon Kirk (186 lbs) vs. Matt Lucas (186 lbs)
Brett Rogers (264 lbs) vs.Ralph Kelly (243 lbs)
Jae Suk Lim (171 lbs) vs. Daniel Pineda (162 lbs)

Shields Not Taking Pyle Lightly

Jake Shields talks about his upcoming fight against Mike Pyle at EliteXC: Renegade tomorrow night and discusses why he believes he is one of the best welterweights in the world right now.

EliteXC: Renegade Press Conference Quotes

The America Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, will rock like it never has before when Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, presents “EliteXC: Renegade’’ on Saturday, Nov. 10, on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

An excellent main event will feature an EliteXC world title fight in a brand new weight class – 160 pounds—between talented, crowd-pleasing Nick Diaz and exciting, hard-hitting KJ Noons.

In other televised bouts, Kimbo will make his EliteXC debut against Bo Cantrell and world-ranked welterweight Jake Shields will face Mike Pyle. A fifth televised fight will be announced in the near future.

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