Former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields and DREAM veteran Jason Miller will finally settle their differences when they face each at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Rogers" in Nov. News of the bout was confirmed by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
Miller himself also confirmed the bout via his Twitter account.
"Ok bitches who said I was ducking - I duck NO ONE. Fighting Sheilds on November 7th. Official BOOM!" said Miller in the post.
Miller and Shields were originally rumored to be fighting at a Strikeforce event in Oct., however, both the fight and event never came to fruition. Both men have been throwing verbal shots at each other ever since claiming that the other would not accept the fight. The pair were known to have grown acquainted with each other as Miller hosts the popular MTV reality show "Bully Beatdown," which Shields has made two appearances on.
The Miller vs. Shields will be for the Strikeforce undisputed middleweight title, as current Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le reportedly accepted another movie role in a major motion picture and will will relinquish his title. Le has been busy making many movies, and has not fought since winning the middleweight title against Frank Shamrock at Strikeforce:"Shamrock vs. Le" in March 2008.
Miller (22-6) has won five of his last six bouts and he most recently fought to a no contest against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in their third meeting at DREAM 9 in May. His lone loss during the stretch came against Souza via unanimous decision at Dream 4 in the promotion's 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix.
During his 8-year career, Miller has fought for such promotions as the UFC, WEC, Icon Sport, SuperBrawl, Extreme Challenge and HDNet Fights. Seventeen of his 22 career wins have been via stoppages including 13 coming by submission and he holds notable wins over the likes of Toby Imada, Kala Hose, Denis Kang, Robbie Lawler and Tim Kennedy.
Shields (23-4-1) is currently riding an impressive 10 fight win streak, which includes wins over Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Nick Thompson, Paul Daley and most recently Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce's June 6 event in a 182-pound catchweight bout. He hasn't lost since Dec. 2004, where he was defeated by Akira Kikuchi at a Shooto event.
Shields is a 10-year veteran of the sport, fighting for other notable promotions such as Pancrese, Rumble on the Rock, Bodog Fight and EliteXC. The Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu fighter holds other notable wins over the likes of Hayato Sakurai, Mike Pyle, Toby Imada and Dave Menne.
Strikeforce: Rogers vs. Emelianenko takes place on Nov. 7 and will likely take place in Chicago, Illnois. The event will be broadcast on CBS and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between the top ranked heavyweight fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko and undefeated up-and-comer, Brett Rogers.