By Pierre Grzybowski

In his November 2008 interview with the Discerning Brute, life-long vegetarian and professional fighter Jake Shields was asked to complete the sentence: “In a perfect world…”

His answer: “…I’ll be the UFC Champion next year.”

Well, he’s a little behind schedule, but it looks like he will finally get his chance. Sherdog.com is reporting that Jake Shields has signed to fight in the UFC welterweight division, where he will make his debut October 23 at UFC 121. Ultimately, Shields will face reigning champ Georges St-Pierre to decide the best 170-pounder in the world.

While waiting for his October 23 UFC debut, read up on everything Shields has done for animals while not busy winning 14 consecutive fights over the last 5 years.

Pierre Grzybowski is the manager of the fur-free campaign for The Humane Society of the United States.  He holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.