LOS ANGELES – Jake Shields was bred to be a beast in the ring. The life-long vegetarian always has lived a lifestyle that has provided him with the type of brute strength, determination and tremendous heart required to be a successful Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
So far, Shields has met with nothing but enormous success.
Raised in a remote area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California, Shields has been wrestling competitively since he was nine years old. When he was just five, Shields would climb over neighboring mountains to visit his nearest friends an hour away. Now, he is ready to take on a new obstacle: the ranks of the MMA welterweight division as he prepares to fight Ido Pariente on Saturday, June 2, 2007, at the LA Coliseum.
Shields will make his SHOWTIME debut for ProElite/EliteXC during a one-hour telecast on SHOWTIME that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The pay-per-view portion of the June 2 mega event, entitled “ProElite presents Dynamite!! USA,” will immediately follow (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) and feature up to six bouts. It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV.
News and Notes
- A Croatian news outlet reported yesterday in an interview with Mirko Cro Cop that his next fight would take place at UFC 75, the organization’s next event to be held in England. However in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Kamipro, Cro Cop’s manager Ken Imai stated that his client will most likely fight on the undercard of Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga’s heavyweight title bout at UFC 74 in August.
- The Fight Network is reporting that Nippon Gaishi Hall, the proposed site for the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix scheduled to begin on July 16th, has now removed the event from it’s calendar.
- Kestutis Arbocius has been stripped of the Heavyweight King of Pancrase title because of inactivity. The title has been declared vacant and will be on the line at Pancrase’s 2007 Rising Tour on May 30th when Tatsuya Mizuno and Assuerio Silva battle for it.
- Art of War 3 has been moved from June 30th to August 18th according to the Houston Chronicle:
Art of War 3 is being postponed until later this summer.
The promoter was having trouble clearing enough homes to make a pay-per-view telecast fly and decided to move the show, originally scheduled for June 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, to August.
The new date is Aug. 18. Pedro Rizzo versus Jeff Monson remains the show headliner, with Jeremy Horn, Carlo Prater and Jake Shields also on the card.
The date of the event has also been changed on the official site...
Following the overwhelming success of its sophomore series, Bodog Fight changes backdrops for the third installment in its mixed martial arts series. Swapping the frozen tundra of St. Petersburg for the sunny shores of Costa Rica, Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat promises bigger brawls and smaller bikinis.
The first episode debuts this Tuesday, April 17th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION Television, and features six of the most exciting pound-for-pound fighters in MMA.
In the opening bout, 28-year-old Jake Shields (16-4-1) from San Luis Obispo, California takes on 27-year-old Ray Steinbeiss (8-3-0) from Tempe, Arizona. A student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo fighting legend Cesar Gracie, Shields is one of the best MMA fighters in the world. Will Steinbeiss be able to stop his powerful takedown and submission attempts? The Bodog Fight veteran is up to the challenge as an SWKA Kickboxing champion, Arizona State Wrestling Champion, and IFC Tournament winner.
In other action, 28-year-old Piotr Jakacynski (2-0-1) from Stockholm, Sweden faces 33-year old Steve “The Red-Nosed Pit Bull” Berger (18-15-3) from St. Louis, Missouri. With 37 pro-fights under his belt, Berger is a seasoned veteran with the courage to match his nickname. He admits to getting nervous before his fights, but those nerves quickly become fuel for the coming battle.
Solidifying its position as a stylish mixed martial arts (MMA) brand, BodogFight has enlisted a talented roster of athletes for the next season of its popular reality TV show. Filming is scheduled to begin February 10 in the exotic Central American jungles of Costa Rica.
“We are extremely proud to associate with athletes who are clearly committed to the development of this sport,” says media mogul Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com Entertainment and creator of the BodogFight reality series. “The BodogFight team has been working around the clock to ensure MMA fans are delivered the best in TV content and fight quality.”
Each weight class features highly anticipated battles with returning BodogFighters, such as Trevor Prangley, Eddie Alvarez, Chael Sonnen, Yves Edwards and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola. First-time appearances of established newcomers will include the likes of Daniel Puder and Sami Aziz.
It has been announced that Jake Shields has signed a contract with Pro Elite Inc. and he will appear on an upcoming Elite XC card.
Shields is a former Shooto World Champion and the reigning ROTR GP World Champion. Shields holds victories over the likes Yushin Okami, Dave Menne, Carlos Condit, Hayato Sakurai and many others.
Along with being scheduled to appearance on Showtime, reports have surfaced stating that Shields will fight Ray Steinbiess on an upcoming season of BodogFight.
The Gracie Fighting Championship: Evolution, scheduled for January 20th in Miami, has been postponed. No reason was given for the postponement, but the Fight Network has suggested lagging ticket sales are the reason.
From the GFC website
The Gracie Fighting Championships: Evolution event will no longer be held on January 20th. We will be strategically rescheduling our show for another date shortly.
We sincerely regret whatever inconvenience this may cause those of you who have made plans to attend the event. Please stay tuned as we will be back soon, and will produce some of the greatest MMA available in 2007.
The event was supposed to feature UFC vet Nick Diaz vs Thomas Denny, Renato Verissimo challenging Jake Shields as well as a heavyweight main event of Wes Sims against Jeff Monson. Monson was a late replacement for Mario Sperry, who pulled out of the fight earlier in the week.
Be sure to make your way over to Fight Opinion and tune in to their special Christmas edition of Fight Opinion Radio.
The 3 hour show features interviews with the likes of Kenny Florian, Bas Rutten, Jeff Osbourne, Jake Sheilds and many others. The guests provide interesting stories which make for an excellent show. Props to the folks at Fight Opinion.
Jake Sheilds will be taking on Renato “Charuto” Verissimo at the Gracie Fighting Championships in Miami, Florida.
As announced earlier this week, UFC veteran Nick Diaz will be joining Sheilds on the card when he takes on Thomas Denny.
Recently there has been a great deal of talk as to where Nick Diaz would sign for his next fight. It’s now official, Nick Diaz has signed to fight Thomas Denny on the Gracie Fighting Championships card. The event will be held January 20th in Miami, Florida and the show will be offered on pay-per-view.
Cesar Gracie also stated in a previous interview that both Nick Diaz and Jake Sheilds would be returning on the same card so now we can assume that Jake Sheilds is another big name that will be making an appearance on the January 20th card.