Fronted by Luke Thomas.
"The UFC's the most likely option," he said. "That's where I'm certainly leaning. I haven't had any talks with them yet; I have to get my contract released. That's definitely the number one option I'm looking at. I was on good terms with them before I signed this last contract, so I don't think there should be any problem."
The UFC was clearly the most viable option for Shields, who will also benefit (both personally and Zuffa) from his exposure on CBS as one of the primary promotional components of Elite XC. I am personally curious to see what kind of turn around can be expected. Elite XC's promoters and organizers could save some face (what very little remains) by offering their fighters immediate releases. But then again; are they even in control of the contracts at this point?
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