Jake Shields has defeated everyone that has been put in front of him since 2005, with his exceptional ground game. He has now signed a contract with the major leagues, the cream of the crop, the big dog in MMA. But, how will he do in the UFC?
Jake Shields is fighting out of the Cesar Gracie Fight Camp, has a record of 25-4-1, and is coming into the UFC riding a 14 fight winning streak. He is not beating a bunch of MMA chumps either. In his last five fights alone, he has defeated some big names in MMA, Nick Thompson, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawer, Jason Miller. And, he is coming off his biggest win, in defending his Strikeforce Middleweight Championship belt against MMA legend Dan Henderson.
While he is riding this 14 fight winning streak, many still question his stand up. Coming into the UFC is going to be a big challenge. He will be dropping down to fight at welterweight (170 lbs), which will be good for him since he was a bit small fighting at 185 lbs. Unfortunately for Shields, that division in the UFC is stacked with top level fighters that not only have good stand up, but good takedown defense and wrestling ability. His ability to throw chingasos is going to have to improve significantly so that he can set up his outstanding ground game and rise through the ranks in the UFC's welterweight division.
Jake Shields will be making his UFC debut fighting Martin Kampann at UFC 121 Saturday, October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim California.
If you haven't seen Jake Shields fight, here's a video of him exchanging chingasos with "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.
Check out the video of Jake Shields finishing off Nick Thompson.
Check out possibly the worst guillotine ever.