Jake ShieldsJake Shields has been waiting patiently to get his chance at EliteXC gold for quite awhile now. A back injury of his own prevented him from fighting for the EliteXC Welterweight Championship against Drew Fickett at the Strikeforce/EliteXC show on March 29, 2008. The bout was rescheduled for June 14 at “Return of the King,” but Fickett withdrew from that match with an injury. So one would think the two would finally meet on July 26 on the second installment of CBS/EliteXC Saturday Night Fights. False. Fickett, who claimed he couldn’t fight on June 14 with his injury, fought on June 7 at a Rage in the Cage event. EliteXC is obviously pissed off and is likely going to drop Fickett from the organization, which leaves Shields without an opponent.

Despite the mess Fickett has created for himself, Shields will still get his chance to fight on CBS for the EliteXC Welterweight Championship, likely against BodogFIGHT veteran, Nick Thompson, or IFL Welterweight Champion, Jay Hieron.

EliteXC officials tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Shields will next fight during the organization’s second CBS show, which takes place July 26 — possibly in St. Louis.

Two previously scheduled title fights between Shields and former UFC fighter Drew Fickett (34-5) fell apart due to injuries, and it now looks like Shields could fight either Nick Thompson (36-9-1) or Jay Hieron (15-4) for the first-ever title.

I hope Drew Fickett has a good excuse for fighting in the Rage in the Cage event, like making a few million dollars, because he just blew the biggest opportunity of his career.

The latest EliteXC on CBS: Unfinished Business fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.