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Jake Shields, Dana White, the UFC and a great big smile

Jake Shields, the current Strikeforce middleweight champion, poses

Jake Shields, the current Strikeforce middleweight champion, poses with UFC president Dana White at WEC 48 in Sacramento. White is recruiting Shields to join the UFC now that his Strikeforce contract has expired. (April 24, 2010) Photo Credit: WEC Photo

After the Shane Roller-Anthony Njokuani fight, the pay-per-view broadcast cut to UFC president Dana White. He wore a light blue dress shirt, a black sports jacket and a great big smile.

Seated to his right was Jake Shields, the Strikeforce middleweight champion and free-agent fighter.

Shields dominated Dan Henderson last week, the last bout in his Strikeforce contract.

White and Shields smiled for the cameras, and after a few seconds, White pointed to his chest and mouthed to the camera, "He's mine."

Surely there will be something of a more formal annoucement in the coming days (or at the post-fight press conference). Should Shields be joining the UFC, and there's no reason to think he's not, he'll likely drop down to welterweight and challenge Georges St-Pierre fairly soon.


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