Strikeforce champ Shields is a vegetarian and proud of it

When getting down to fighting weight for his bout with Dan Henderson, Jake Shields won't have to cut steak out of his diet. The Strikeforce middleweight champion is a vegeterian, and is the latest to star in an ad for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Shields says that he was especially disgusted before his last fight, a five-round decision over Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Mayhem wore a fur coat to the open practice and press conference before the fight.

"My last fight, I fought Jason 'Mayhem' Miller," he said in a PETA press release. "He came into the press conference with his fur coat … [s]o it was nice to go out there and kick his [expletive]."

I wonder how he'll feel about the many barbecues that Dan Henderson has for Team Quest.

Shields isn't the only fighter on the Strikeforce roster to show concern for animals. Like Shields, lightweight fighter Josh Thomson is involved in "Knockout Dog Fighting," a not for profit that aims to end the illegal and cruel practice of dogfighting.

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