Jake Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC) was released by the UFC following his loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171, but it did not take long for the former UFC welterweight title contender to find a new home in MMA, signing with the World Series of Fighting (as first reported by Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report).
It seems only fitting that Shields, who many felt was unfairly released after losing just his first bout in 5 fights, now joins the likes of Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami–two fighters who faced the exact situation that Shields did being released by the UFC.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion and Elite XC welterweight champion now joins a stacked welterweight division in WSOF, that includes champion Rousimar Palhares, Steve Carl, and the previously mentioned Jon Fitch.
Jake Shields signed with the UFC in 2010 and went 4-3, 1 NC–quickly earning a shot at the champion, Georges St. Pierre. Shields came up unsuccessful, which led to him suffering back to back losses for the first time in his career after losing to Jake Ellenberger. Shields then went on a 4-fight unbeaten streak before losing a decision to Lombard in his previous fight. Shields, who many still consider a top 10 welterweight in the world, holds wins over currently top 10 ranked welterweights, Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia, and Tyron Woodley.