Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields, who this past weekend defended his title against a smack-talking Paul Daley, was briefly interviewed after the fight. When asked about his near-term future within the ProElite Inc.-owned orginzation, the skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner made mentioned of wanting to tack on 15 lbs. This of course, would be to face current Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler.
Lawler is a former UFC fighter who took out Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith for the 185 lbs. title at the second edition of CBS’s Saturday Night Fights, after the first match-up between the two ended in doctor’s stoppage when Smith bled considerably in his eye by mid-fight.
This could be a good move for the man who is widely considered one of the world’s top welterweights outside of the UFC. From an promotional standpoint, a Shields – Lawler fight would draw attention in the way St. Pierre – Penn does due to it’s cross-divisional appeal, but in no way would garner the same level of buzz.
With last Saturday’s 14 second brutal exposure of Kimbo Slice, by the hands of Seth Petruzelli, one can only wonder if “Elite” will be around long enough for the champ vs. champ fight to happen.
>> Heard about Petruzelli’s dectruction of Kimbo Slice? Read 6th-Round.com writer Adam D.’s editorial here.