by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Jakes Shields confirmed that he will be fighting for the first-ever EliteXC welterweight championship.
“I’ll be fighting Drew Fickett for the EliteXC Welterweight Championship on March 29th in San Jose, (Calif.),” said Shields in an announcement on his MySpace page.
Currently ranked No. 7 in the world at welterweight by MMAWeekly.com, Shields has won nine-straight bouts since losing his Shooto middleweight title to Akira Kikuchi in late 2004. He has defeated the likes World Extreme Cagefighting champion Carlos Condit, top ten-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Yushin Okami, Dave Menne, Mike Pyle, and more.
Fickett is a UFC veteran that has gone 8-2 in his 10 most recent bouts. His only losses during that time were to Karo Parisyan and Josh Burkman, and he has wins over fighters like top five-ranked Josh Koscheck, Mark Weir, and Kurt Pellegrino.
The bout is scheduled to take place as part of the undercard of the second Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted event, which will air on Showtime. The main event features Frank Shamrock defending his Strikeforce middleweight title against undefeated Cung Le and Joey Villasenor vs. Joe Riggs in another middleweight bout.