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Strikeforce Champ Jake Shields a Free Agent After April 17, Gegard Mousasi Plans to Sign New Strikeforce Deal

Jake ShieldsStrikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields will become a free agent following his headlining title defense against Dan Henderson at “Strikeforce: Nashville” on April 17, while light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi may also complete his contract when he takes on Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at the CBS-televised event.

According to MMAjunkie, Shield’s contract lacks a standard “champion clause,” that would have required him to stay with the promotion if he won, and he will instead explore his options, likely including the UFC, following his bout with Henderson.

Meanwhile, Mousasi told MMAjunkie he plans to sign a long-term contact with Strikeforce following his matchup with Lawal, which would likely be a seven-fight deal, though a win would automatically extend his current contract for one year.

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