Jake Shields edges Martin Kampmann via Split DecisionPosted on October 23, 2010, 11:12 PM by Anton Gurevich
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann gave Jake Shields one of the toughest tests of his career, forcing the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion to go to distance. Shields started the fight with his usual gameplan, taking advantage of his exceptional grappling skills. But this was not an easy task.
Martin Kampmann proved he's no joke on the ground against Paulo Thiago, and he did the same against Jake Shields. The Dane fired back with good submission attempts and ground-and-pound work, making Shields to redouble his efforts in order to secure a victory.
Kampmann was clearly a better man in the third round, but was unable to finish the fight. Jake Shields secures a valuable victory, but his exhaustion in the later stages of the fight may raise eyebrows of some MMA critics. Fight against the gellow grinder Jon Fitch seems like a reasonable option, as a winner will be clearly a UFC Welterweight title shot-worthy.