The Vancouver Sun reports:
Former Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC and Shooto world champion mixed martial artist Jake Shields will not fight Olympic wrestling silver medallist Matt Lindland at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on Aug. 15, says a source close to the fighter.
Despite the card featuring four title fights, including a superfight women's showdown between the #1 and #2 fighters in the world, Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, Shields will likely wait until October for his next fight, looking for a spot on a less crowded card.
Shields, 30, was in talks to face Lindland or Brazilian former UFC champ Vitor Belfort, but Showtime TV executives wanted to give him more prominent billing.
Very interesting to point out here that if the Lindland fight fell through, Vitor Belfort was in negotiations to fight Shields. Could Vitor land on Strikeforce next?
Another participant that has also recently announced his desire to fight on the October card is Brett Rogers.
Reilly added that he was always planning on having Rogers fight again in October, and that he would like to have him compete two more times this year.
Yes, I have another interesting quote from another less reliable source, but still, very intriguing.
"I'm in negotiations right now with Strikeforce and working with CBS and Showtime, so all three of us are going back and forth to make a contract that makes sense to me," he told MMAWeekly.com recently.
"Hopefully by October I'll be competing. We're finishing the contract I'd say with CBS, Showtime, and Strikeforce and making a deal that UFC can't match."
Rumored Card after the jump...
Rumored Strikeforce October Event:
Babalu vs TBA (Tito Ortiz for LHW Title)
Jake Shields vs TBA (MW Title, MW Interim Title, or if leaving SF, Superfight)
Brett Rogers vs TBA
Frank Shamrock vs TBA
There is a potential here to also put place Matt Lindland, Vitor Belfort, and/or a Robbie Lawler vs Joey Villasenor 2 bout on this card.