Shields accepts Daley's call to battle
EliteXC welterweight champion
Shields (21-4-1) captured the vacant title on July 26 in just 63 seconds by choking
Daley, a 25-year-old striker with stoppages in 13 of his 18 victories, was said to desire more time before facing Shields, who at the age of 29 is one of the top submission fighters in mixed martial arts. However, a dearth of welterweight contenders outside the ranks of the UFC compelled EliteXC and Daley to make the fight.
Unbeaten in 10 contests since 2004, including victories over current WEC welterweight champion
EliteXC vice president
Noons, 25, won the vacant 160-pound title last November with a one-round doctor's stoppage after cutting Diaz's face with punches and knees. Noons followed up this June in his home state of Hawaii with a quick technical knockout over
Noons, who has two bouts remaining on his current contract, needed to "act like a champion" and face any challenger EliteXC puts in front of him, said Shaw, who would not elaborate on repercussions should Noons fail to agree to the fight.
Reached for comment Wednesday evening, Noons' manager,
Also slated to appear on the card, which is set for the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., are