If there was any doubt that current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields was going to sign with the UFC then tonight’s WEC 48 event laid it to rest.

In-between fights on the pay-per-view card the camera panned to both UFC president Dana White and Shields sitting side-by-side at ringside.  Both men smiled broadly and White put his arm around the fighter, mouthing, “he’s mine” to the camera.

Shields has just a few months left of his current contract with Strikeforce, and any hopes that the promotion may have been able to retain his services after his big win over Dan Henderson last weekend now appear to be at an end.

Though a champion at 185lbs it’s likely that Shields will now head back down to welterweight in the UFC where a fight with current dominant champion Georges St.Pierre and a possible appearance as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 awaits.