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Jake Shields: Strikeforce ‘Not As Organized’ As The UFC

“I’m very excited about coming to the UFC. I’ve wanted to fight here for 11 years and I finally made it. When I first started, I thought I’d be there in a year. It took a little longer than I thought… The difference is there’s way more media attention, way more hype, way more professionalism. They tell you what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, they have a staff. And I don’t mean that as a knock on Strikeforce, they’re just not as organized. It’s nice to be in an organization that’s so together… I’d love to see Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez come over, but that’s really up to them and Dana to work out some kind of deal. Hopefully in the next year or two both of them will be coming over and joining me in the UFC.”

—Jake Shields on today’s UFC 121 conference call comparing his former employer Strikeforce to the UFC

It’s funny, Jake Shields and Strikeforce, specifically Scott Coker, both claim they don’t have any hard feelings from their split, yet they both keep taking little potshots at each other in the media. You’ll probably never hear Coker badmouth anyone in public, but he still has his subtle ways of getting in verbal jabs like he did this weekend when he revealed Shields turned down a fight twice with their now middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Meanwhile, Shields has pointed out how and why the UFC is better than Strikforce on multiple occasions. Not to mention how he hopes his teammates follow him over. And there’s no hard feelings… Riiiight…

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

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