Jake Shields says he’s open to any resolution to his contract impasse with World Series of Fighting — whether that’s fighting for the vacant welterweight title against Jon Fitch, fighting out the last bout of his contract against someone else, or coming to a new deal.
But he’s not happy with the way company officials have handled the situation.
“They’re playing bulls— little games with me,” Shields told MMAFighting.com.
Tuesday, WSOF president Ray Sefo posted a story to the company web site saying a planned April 1 bout to fill the vacant WSOF title between Shields and Fitch was off, with Joao Zeferino taking Shields’ place.
Sefo squarely placed the blame on Shields.
“While I thought everyone was on board to make this fight happen, unfortunately Jake Shields has informed us that he does not intend to honor the terms of his existing contract at this time and declined to sign a bout agreement to fight Jon Fitch, so we’ve had to go in a different direction,” Sefo said.
Shields takes exception to the way his contractual situation was portrayed. According to Shields, who is coming up on the last bout of a four-fight WSOF deal, his main concern is that if he was to defeat Fitch, his current contract would be bound by the championship clause, which would eliminate his ability to negotiate his deal at a time when he would otherwise be a free agent.
For his part, Shields says he was looking for an increase in the show money on his current deal, and feels they weren’t far off on contractual terms. But according to Shields, WSOF basically told him to take the title shot or leave it, and would not offer him the opportunity to take another fight against a different opponent and finish out his ….View full article
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