Jake Shields: GSP and Anderson Silva are the guys I want to fight; St. Pierre works his striking with Freddie Roach

Posted on May 25, 2010, 09:56 AM by Anton Gurevich
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Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields vocalized his thoughts regarding the future of his career, in light of the expiry of his current Strikeforce contract. Shields has significantly raised his stakes after a dominating performance against Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville, alerting the UFC President Dana White to chase for his signature. In his interview to FiveKnuckles.com, Shields discussed his Strikeforce obligations and the fights against the P4P best:

"I'm not 100% a free agent yet, I have another month or so before that passes.

We need to sit down and see what Strikeforce has to offer and what they want to do. Obviously GSP and Anderson Silva are guys that I want to fight.

I think facing GSP will be a great fight and it has me really excited. I'm hoping that's a fight will come together sometime soon. I think we're both tremendous wrestlers… I think my submission grappling is a little better, his stand-up game is a little better."

Meanwhile, speaking to MMAFighting.com UFC President Dana White declared (once again) that he will be definitely around what Shield's contract with Strikeforce is up: "I don't know what the deal is with his contract, but when he contract is up, I can guarantee you that he and I will be on the phone."

As for Georges St. Pierre, UFC Welterweight Champion is currently training with the legendary boxing coach Freddy Roach, working on the further improvement of his striking techniques. GSP will be coaching in the 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, against the future UFC Welterweight Title challenger Josh Koscheck.

GSP is currently on a 7-fight unbeaten streak, fighting some of the top Welterweights in the World. "Rush" has successfully defended his title for four times, since defeating the arch nemesis Matt Serra at UFC 83 in April of 2008.

Thanks: fiveknuckles.com, mmafighting.com, bloodyelbow.com
Photo: sports.yahoo.com.


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  • grapplure
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    if gsp keeps training with roach he be on the same level as anderson silva

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  • ksooner76
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    man after watching Jakes last 3 fights mannn GSP would crush him bring him to realilty

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  • SavOnDeck
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    Anderson Silva will it tear him up

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  • Ninja
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    I agree, I don't think Shields wrestling is as good as GSP's, if Shield fights any of these two guys I believe he will lose

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  • DoubleLegTakedown
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    He wont tear GSP up! Gsp it one of the best fighters in the world! As great as Silva is, Gsp wont be just another opponent he will run through. They are both great fighters and it wont be any easy win for either of them.

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  • pranabowjake
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    its hard to compare shields wrestling to gsp. i mean shields does train with chuck who has pretty good wrestling and he did beat hendo with wrestling and he is a very decorated wrestler. imho, gsp has better wrestling, i just think gsp has far better cardio than anyone else shields has fought and thus he will have troubles.

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  • willhammy
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    He didnt say his wrestling was he said his submission grappling was

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  • MMAoracle
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    I think GSP is a bad matchup for shields, he will have a much better chance against silva. No doubt shields has the perfect style to beat silva. He will take him down several times, and he has some of the absolute best top-position ground games in mma.



    GSP on the other hand has the perfect style to beat shield. Great wrestling, so he wont be taken down, and much better striking than shields.



    Just my opinion, but in mma styles make fights, and thats how i think those fights will pan out.

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  • japanegro23
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    Jake would provide a little excitement if he came to the UFC. I don't think it would last long though. He would probably be in the middle of the pack in the big show.

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  • irishfighter
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    who is better than shields in "the big show"??? only GSP.

    But as for excitment, i don't think so, he is a very boring fighter.

    A gsp shields fight would be the ultimate snoozefest

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  • japanegro23
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    I think Fitch, Kos, Rumble, Swick, Hughes. The only reason I left Alves, Hardy, Davis, and a few others off the list is because it's POSSIBLE, not definite, that Shields can wrestle them to death. Don't get me wrong, I think he is a good fighter, but still I like what I said in the comment above.

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  • 280KgGorilla
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    I'm really surprised that you are putting swick in that mix. He has not beaten anyone important in the welterweight division. It is hard to see what options he has from now on, another loss would devastating for him. Shields would walk wright over him! Or just sit on his boney pussy for 15 min and get the W.

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  • japanegro23
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    Swick can sprawl and brawl. He just gets caught with big punches. Jake can't stand with him. If Swick can stop the takedown, he would win easy.

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  • BigNog22
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    careful what u wish for jake.

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  • falcon4917
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    He may hang with GSP in a fight but even that is hard to believe sometimes. But as far as AS, I cannot see him winning that one in 10 chances.

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  • terra2805
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    Shields wont stay with SF surely, after the way Coker sh*t on him, backing Hendo to beat him and become their new champ just because he knew Shields contract was up after one more fight. Not only that, i truly believe that Jake genuinely does want to test himself against the best in the world and at WW or MW there's only one place where he will get them kind of fights, and get them on a regular basis, and it isn't SF. Personally, i'd like to see him in the UFC, it would be interesting to see how far his grappling and jiu jitsu would get him, i'm presuming it would be at WW, he would be mad to stay at MW in the UFC. Anyway, if he does stay with SF (i seriously doubt it though) he's crazy, SF have hardly got any fights for him anyway and i for one don't really want to see Miller vs Shields 2, Shields vs Koscheck or Shields vs Alves sounds a lot more appealing to me. Just do it Jake, sign on the dotted line man..... :D

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  • 280KgGorilla
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    Shields vs Alves would be a really good match up!!

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  • MAMBA24ILL
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    I'd like to see him fight GSP in an all out lay & pray war.

    As far as him fighting Silva, it's a man against a boy. It really is. Silva too much for him.

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  • Akordas
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    I still can't forgot Silva in 112 someone must teach him

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  • BlueClearSky
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    Shields wanna fight GSP & A.Silva that is great ,but won't make it in UFC

    for both of tallented fighters on the top of the game . GSP well rounded and trained with Roach to improving his striking technique ,he defininitely become another level of fighter ,and I see GSP comming to challenge A.Silva maybe...

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  • 280KgGorilla
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    To say that Hendo will pick Shields apart in a rematch is ludacriz:) And will by the way never happen..

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  • Rane
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    GSP lacks POWER in his punches! That is something ROACH cannot fix! Anderson on the other hand will KHIMTFO!

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  • KYMAN
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    Sheilds is biteing more than he can chew ... he cant compete with GSP or Silva he is fooling himself he barely defeted Hendo

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  • 280KgGorilla
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    Jake Shields by unanimous decision 49-46

    Barely??

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  • SpiderSilva
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    Barely defeated Hendo? Did you watch that fight or are you just sour that he completely dominated Hendo after being dropped 3 times in the first...he rag dolled Hendo and made it look easy

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  • SpiderSilva
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    I love Shields and I believe he has a good shot at dethroning GSP I would honestly bet on him in that fight...but he cant handle Anderson

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