Jake Shields Wasting No Time at Middleweight, Wants to Jump into Title Mix Right Away


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Jake Shields StrikeforceThe last time Jake Shields hit the scales and weighed 185 pounds, he was walking into a fight hardly anyone believed he could win.

Shields was facing former Pride champion Dan Henderson, who was making his Strikeforce debut at the time. Despite the Cesar Gracie fighter having picked up wins over both Robbie Lawler and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, few believed he could actually hang with one of the top middleweights in the world.

He was happy to prove them all wrong because outside of a rough first round, Shields dominated Henderson for the last 20 minutes and picked up arguably the biggest win of his career.

Just after that fight, Shields signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, and moved back down to welterweight, where he had most of his significant fights in MMA. While Shields lives with no regret, there is a part of him that wishes he had stayed at middleweight after getting quite comfortable in the weight class.

The opportunities presented at 170 pounds in the UFC, however, were just too good to pass up on at the time.

“Actually, when I first signed with the UFC, I actually said I wanted to fight a fight or two at 185 first, but 170 was really wide open at that time. There was no one for GSP (Georges St-Pierre) and the UFC didn’t make me drop, but they encouraged it,” Shields revealed to MMAWeekly Radio.

“GSP’s a guy I wanted to fight for years, and with it sounding like a fast track to GSP, it was something I couldn’t turn down.”

Shields’ return to 170 pounds was met with mixed results. He went 2-2 over his four fights thus far in the UFC’s welterweight division including a loss to St-Pierre at UFC 129.

Following his last fight, a victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama in February, Shields started to open up to the idea of moving back up to middleweight again. The weight cut to get back down to 170 pounds was draining, and he started to notice the ill effects in his fights, something he hadn’t dealt with when he was a middleweight.

“Sometimes in my other camps at 170, I’d feel great and then the last week or two I’d start feeling sucked up and weak. Not having that to worry about is going to be nice, too,” said Shields.

“It’s not fun taking the weight off and putting it back on.”

At UFC 150, Shields will face former Ultimate Fighter finalist Ed Herman, who comes into the fight on a three-fight win streak. When he decided to move back up to 185 pounds, Shields didn’t want a warm-up fight, or something to ease him back into the division.

Just like his last trip to middleweight, Shields wanted to swim with the sharks and when Herman was offered as an opponent, he jumped at the opportunity.

“I want to get right in that title mix. 185 is wide open and everybody’s talking about who’s next. I want to go out there and hopefully put on a great performance and get to throw my name in the mix,” said Shields.

While his last four fights have all been at 170 pounds, it’s hard to ignore Shields’ perfect 3-0 record at middleweight with all three wins coming over established veterans in the division. He’s not expecting any special treatment because he’s moving back up in weight, but Shields believes he does have some credentials to his name that others in the division do not.

“You never know what counts for what, but it’s got to count for something,” Shields stated. “I’m the last guy to beat Dan Henderson and he’s fighting for the 205-pound belt, so that’s got to give me some credit at 185 and if I can go out there and win, and win in a dominant fashion, it will get people talking about me and other contenders at 185.”

In Shields’ mind there is no clear cut No. 1 contender at middleweight right now with everyone clamoring to get the next shot at champion Anderson Silva. His hope is to beat Ed Herman at UFC 150 this weekend, and then face any of the top contenders in the division and make his mark as a top 185 pounder.

“It’s up for grabs and that’s why it’s hard to say who deserves a title shot. I don’t even know. (Chris) Weidman looked amazing versus Mark Munoz, and then you have (Michael) Bisping’s got to be close, and even though Chael Sonnen lost, considering what he did the last time, a couple more wins he could be right back in there. There’s lots of guys in the mix,” said Shields.

“I wouldn’t be next in line, but if I beat him, there’s not one particular person I want to fight, but I want one of the big contenders. A Bisping, Weidman, (Tim) Boetsch, one of the guys that’s close to the title.”

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 33 views

Chris Weidman will defend his UFC middleweight title for the second time at UFC 175, and it will be against Lyoto Machida. Machida is the No. 3-ranked contender at middleweight, and he is undefeated since dropping from light heavyweight. He holds a knockout win over Mark Munoz and a decision victory over Gegard Mousasi. Now he faces his toughest task. Machida would join BJ Penn and Randy Couture as the only two-division champions in UFC history if he can pull off the upset. Weidman defeated Ande more

  • 23 days ago
  • 12 views

Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title for the second time at UFC 175, winning a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida. It was an excellent fight that pushed Weidman further than he had ever gone before. The champion got the nod on all three judges' scorecards to retain the title. With another contender down, who will be next up for Weidman? At the UFC post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White brought up the name Vitor Belfort. Belfort is currently the No. 2-ranked contend more

  • 23 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman had to put in a full night’s work to retain his title, while women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey was in and out in a flash. So who got the bigger boost at UFC 175?Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 20 days ago
  • 84 views

Ronda Rousey put on her most dominant performance yet – and that might be saying something – against Alexis Davis this past Saturday night. But she can add broken hand to her list of ailments.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 19 days ago
  • 32 views

Two incredibly talented lightweight fighters who despite their tenure inside the Octagon, are still searching for their first UFC title shot. If Jim Miller has his way, it will be yet another setback for Donald Cerrone, who can expect to be "put away early" when they hook 'em up in the main event of UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16, 2014, inside Revel Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. Between the two of them, they have a combined six-straight wins with five finishes. Take note UFC, as that's how you ma more

  • 28 days ago
  • 36 views

Cub Swanson had the chance to plead his case for a title shot following a dominant UFC Fight Night 44 win over Jeremy Stephens this past weekend. Instead, he opted for a more humble approach saying he would not “beg” for a championship fight. Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 27 days ago
  • 37 views

On Saturday night, the UFC middleweight title and women's bantamweight title are on the line in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event sees Lyoto Machida challenge Chris Weidman for the former, while Alexis Davis will challenge Ronda Rousey for the latter. In addition, Stefan Struve will make his UFC return after being out for over a year, and Urijah Faber is fighting on the prelims for the first time in his UFC career. Meanwhile, a few individuals may be fighting to remain with the company. Competit more

  • 26 days ago
  • 52 views

Lyoto Machida spoke with the media on Wednesday about his upcoming middleweight title fight against champion Chris Weidman and mentioned the possibility of fighting at welterweight. more

  • 26 days ago
  • 96 views

On Saturday, Chris Weidman will look to defend his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida, and Ronda Rousey will look to defend her title against Alexis Davis. The next day, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will meet for the third time, following their coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter. Penn and Edgar first fought at UFC 112, where Edgar won Penn's lightweight title by unanimous decision. Penn was granted an immediate rematch, and Edgar won a second unanimous decision, and he was more dominant tha more