Jake Shields was dropped from Strikeforce. That shouldn’t surprise you, the signs were scattered around the MMA world like some metaphorical Easter egg hunt. However, somewhere in San Jose, Frank Shamrock is leaning back in his office chair and laughing.
Frank Shamrock was out conquering the world when you were still spilling your bottle of milk on your mother’s commemorative TV guide of ‘Dallas‘. That’s a bit of a stretch. Dude is only 37 which is only like 15 in Randy Couture years. When Frank Shamrock made his MMA debut against Bas Rutten in 1994; Lorena Bobbit was found not guilty of dismembering her husband’s…thing, Dallas Cowboys won Superbowl 28, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband pleaded guilty in attacking Nancy Kerrigan, Kurt Cobain died of a gunshot and you probably just bought your first Mossimo shirt. Frank Shamrock managed to grab the unanimous decision against Bas Rutten in Pancrase that year just one day after the first version of Netscape was released. Dude has held the UFC and Strikeforce Middleweight belt along with a couple of fighter’s failed ambitions along the way. That’s why when Frank Shamrock proclaims Jake Shields to be the ‘most boring fighter he’s ever seen’ and goes so far to say that ‘his performance kills Strikeforce’s ratings’, then you have to assume the dude knows what he’s talking about.
In retrospect, with the release of Jake Shields from Strikeforce, none of that matters anymore. His belt count went from five to four within the past hour. In honor of Jake Shields leaving Strikeforce and the impending Middleweight Grand Prix, here’s a pic of Jake Shields standing next to his collection of straps for old time sakes. [Source]