Jake Shields: Is he worthy of a Welterweight title shot?

Posted on October 24, 2010, 10:19 AM by Daniel Cassidy
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Last night, amongst other things, saw the long awaited UFC debut of the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields. Coming into the bout riding a 15 fight win streak, Shields was expected to enter the fight against Martin Kampmann, take him down, and either work his ground and pound, or tap out the Danish Veteran. But things don't always go to plan.

Following a neat first round that saw a tentative Kampmann uneasy to throw hands due to the takedown skills of Shields, the debutant quickly took the fight to the mat, where he controlled his opponent using a variety of sweeps, and excellent holding skills (as well as one too many grabs at Kampmann's shorts, which the ref failed to notice). Entering round 2, it was clear to see Shields gas tank was already running low.

Instead of falling victim to more takedowns, the Xtreme Couture fighter managed to use his excellent sprawl to force Shields to keep the fight standing. Utilizing the clinch, Kampmann caught his opponent perfectly on the forehead with a fantastic knee, which dropped him. Shields desperately tried to secure another takedown, but failed. In almost identical fashion, Kampmann again clocked him with another perfectly timed knee, dropping him again, before Shields eventually put him on his back before the round ended.

Coming out in round 3, Kampmann looked like he was just starting the fight, while Shields looked exhausted. This time Kampmann capitalized on Shields conditioning, unleashing some of his kickboxing and punishing the UFC newcomer. Surprisingly, Kampmann chose to take the fight to the mat, putting Shields on his back, and spending at least half the round punishing him from the top. Then Kampmann made a mistake which ultimately cost him the fight, he tried to choke Shields. While at first it looked like he was having some success, the BJJ Black Belt reversed the situation and spent the majority of the final minute on top, landing very little (if any) significant strikes.

Fight Metrics break down of the fight:

While the buzzer announced the end of the fight, Kampmann bounced up, not a single cut or bruise on his face, where as Shields slowly struggled to standing, looking dead on his feet. Camera's even heard Kampmann exclaim "look at my face, there isn’t a single mark, look at his". And then came the judges:

Judge #1. 29-28 for Kampmann.

Judge #2. 30-27 for Shields.

Judge #3. 29-28 for Shields.

So not only in my opinion was Kampmann robbed of a clear decision, but in a round where Kampmann dropped him twice, according to one judge, Shields single takedown was enough to steal the round??? But this isn't an article about MMA judging (we'd be here ALL day if I started....) but perhaps even more surprisingly, a man well known for his judging antics, Cecil Peoples, WAS the judge who thought Shields won the fight.

And now, following that "win" it looks like Dana will deliver on his promise, and Shields will face the winner of GSP vs Koscheck. But realistically, could the Shields who struggled against Kampmann really take the Welterweight belt from either of the TUF 12 coaches? Sure, he might be able to get a takedown, but GSP or Koscheck could eat him for breakfast if he turns up like last night. The Champ has superior wrestling, exceptional ground game and an array of striking better than most Shields has faced. Even Koscheck would have no difficulty standing with Shields, and even then he could put him on his back too. So unless Shields can seriously figure out his how to fix his cardio issues, I'm not even sure a fight with the Welterweight Champ would be competitive.


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  • lichnight1
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    i think he is obviously he didn't look good last night but the guy cut 20 pounds in one day, you cant expect to perform in top notch fation if you cut that much weight in one day. I think shields will be back in better condition and better prepared

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  • fightfan7
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    i agree

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  • Ninja
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    I wasn't really disappointed in Shields performance, he did what he was supposed to do, which was to control Martin and not get hit by him so ya I think he deserves it but I see him being more successful against Kos then GSP....GSP is just too powerful to get takedown by Shields and GSP's stand up is way better than Shields, only thing Shields has on GSP is BJJ but I don't see Shields being able to control GSP on the ground long enough to get a sub

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  • azzkika
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    He didnt control Kampmann. Kampmann had several submission attempts, along with delivering plenty of punches and kicks and even a knock down, yet it's fixed and anything with judges will always be prone to fixing, particularly a new acquisition the UFC wants in the title picture.

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  • HollywoodKOs
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    Soooooo... even if you land more strikes, the wrestler will always win if they hump you to decision.

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  • DaddyLongStrokes
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    im okay with Kampmann losing just for fighting stupidly.... Had he fought smart in round 3 he would have won but no, fighters with horrible gameplans deserve to lose. And thats what he did. Hes a great fighter but he cant try outdoing someone in their own game. Impose your game onto them and that is how you win

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  • TheRealDeal
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    He shouldn't be fighting at WW if he can't handle the weight cut. He does not deserve a title shot after one split decision win in the UFC.

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  • ksooner76
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    he has know about this fight no way he should of cut 20lbs

    in a day.........I thought Kampmann won but was good fight

    Kampmann is kicking himself was reserved.......think

    Jake should fight Carlos Condit before the winner of GSP

    and Josh....I think Condit would win and his style would be hard for

    GSP......

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  • SumHo
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    I agree. He had ample time to prepare for this fight. This is the fight to get him the title shot so he should have been prepared. His performance was lackluster, and of course he gassed. Perhaps GSP is running out of opponents, but as he would say his "performance does not impress me": let him fight the loser of Koscheck GSP first.

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  • D
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    He should fight Fitch, not the winner of GSP vs Koscheck. He has to wait 2 months for that fight, and then give them time to heal and go through a training camp. It's too far away and doesn't make sense.

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  • SumHo
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    Actually their fight is only 6 weeks away, roughly. Shields just fought. Not a huge difference in time and he needs to recoup and train anyway. Further, the world can wait for Koscheck vs. Shields 6 more weeks.

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  • griffin
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    he doesnt deserve it but Dana loves him too much to not give it to him. If he was that gassed in a 3 Round fight how do you think he will be after 5 rounds with GSP who doesnt stop attacking... Shields definately has a long way to go and he really needs to work on his terrible stand up. If they fight it may be GSPs first finish in a long time

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  • IChokePeople
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    This is his first cut in a while. He will work out the kinks and be in shape for the next fight.

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  • azzkika
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    GSP hardly fights these days it seems. twice a year is not enough for a title holder. C'mon Dana, titles must be defended at least 3 times a year.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Yes, he is and he will also beat GSP.

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  • postmortem
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    ha ha

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  • Hdownmma
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    Hes def not ready! Sheilds struggled with Martin who in my opinion is a good fighter but not even on the same level as gsp. I dont know if he had a bad weight cut or shitty cardio but gassin out wont fly in a fight with gsp. Im aware of Sheilds accolades but a split decision over Kampman doesnt scream top contender to me.

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  • Madnessstill
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    When will people be smart enough to realize fighters resumes extend more than one fight? Omg how many people could beat GSP if he turned up like he did against serra? That's why he doesn't stand up anymore.

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  • IChokePeople
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    While I do think he is a big threat to GSP, I do not think is is a good match stylistically for Shields. GSP is just as good a wrestler as Shields and a better striker. I actually think Shields would have a better chance against AS than against GSP do to style.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Lol, its frustrating and entertaining at the same time : )

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  • Hdownmma
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    Once again i said im aware of his accolades.

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  • japanegro23
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    Crazy.

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  • sickb
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    feed him to fitch

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  • IChokePeople
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    Shields would destroy Fitch.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    He already has in a grappling match... So who knows.

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  • japanegro23
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    I can't see Shields beating Fitch right now. That would be an awesome matchup though. I think Fitch would beat Shields on the feet.

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  • sickb
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    i think fitch can stop the takedowns way better than martin and also fitch has great cardio and much better stand up than shields so there u have

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  • IChokePeople
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    I definitely think Fitch has the better stand up but I don't see Fitch keeping it standing. Shields is just way too good at getting it to the ground.

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  • fightfan7
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    you idiot he had cut 20 p

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  • lionkill
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    sheilds went from around 190 walking around weight to needing to be around 180 walking around weight. he has fought multiple 5 round fights and not gassed. the poor performance from sheilds wasn't cardio, he kept going, he looked to be dehydrated given how wobbly he was at the end of the fight. which to me makes the win all the more impressive, Kampman couldn't even definitively beat a poorly nutritioned weaker Sheilds. Sheilds won that fight on pure instinct and muscle memory.



    given that he has likely till around march or april assuming the winner of the GSP v Kos fight doesn't suffer a bad injury. i doubt that sheilds will have the same problem as he did in this fight. tho his glass jaw doesn't look like its going to do him any favors.



    this was a poor article, i didn't think Kampman did much to sheilds. if you have ever watched sheilds fights you would know that he almost allways drops for a takedown after a hard shot. its actually hard to tell if he gets droped from the force of the blow or if he is just so repulsed by the idea of a standing fight that dropping like a doll to the floor and reaching for a double/single is his idea of a counter.

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  • SHAKEZULA
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    who would really win??? theyd both lay n pray for 3 rounds and itll be a draw cause neither one of em would do shit in a the fight.

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  • japanegro23
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    Maybe they would both lay on their sides?

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  • sickb
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    can be true but i still like fitch much more than shields

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  • Jamie Kennedy
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    cecil peoples would be safer sitting in the house!!!!! the man is terrible he always makes bullshit calls, havin said that it was a tough fight to call, and it could of went either way but shields did do enough IMO to squeak a decision.......



    Now onto the GSP matter, if shields comes into a title fight with GSP like he did last night for Kampmann it'll be a short night for him, i dont think Jake put on a convincing enough performance to gain a title shot he should fight fitch or someone next and take it from there!!!!

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  • Madnessstill
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    Either it was a BS call or it was a tough call, make up your mind.

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  • Jamie Kennedy
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    my point was cecil peoples usually makes BS calls but i'll let him away with this one since it was a close fight!!!



    But..............



    I'd say Cecil Peoples was the judge that gave Shields 30 -27 and thats just mad

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  • Daniel Cassidy
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    Cecil was the one who gave it to Kampmann. not often he calls it right ;)

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  • lopresti1
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    fuk no it shoulda been a draw. shields one the first round barely and kampmann won the second n IMO it was a draw in the 3rd

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  • lopresti1
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    or even i think kampmann was alil bettr in the 3rd its up in the air tho

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  • rickjitsu
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    sheilds is a chump!!!!!!

    GSP will rape his ass!!

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  • daigoro702
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    shields doesnt deserve shit, i also think the fight was very close but, to me kampmann looked more impressive than shields, he should just climb the latter like everyone else

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  • D
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    An insult, and a statement with nothing to back it up.



    "Sharp" ???

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  • Jizzle11
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    It was pretty obvious to me Kampmann won

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  • IChokePeople
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    How? He never had Shields in any trouble. That isn't to say Shields wasn't in trouble but that had nothing to do with Kampmann. Shields was in trouble the whole fight do to a tough cut but he still managed to control the fight. I had it 10-9 Shields every round.

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  • Jizzle11
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    Well 1st of all... the weight cut is completely irrelevant. That is complete his fault. He did have the 1st round with positions even though he did NO damage. The second and third round Kampmann was actually trying to finish and had more position than Shields

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  • sickb
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    they should do something about the take downs in the judges card, count a take down if they get it but if they dont do shit down there and the guy in bottom stads up or try subs he should get the points but weel it is what it is, who know maybe he will face kosh hahahaha

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  • daigoro702
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    no trouble? how about those knees

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  • D
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    You need to pull your head out of your ass, read the judging criteria and realize that damage is not part of it.



    Decisions are based on effective striking, grappling, aggression and octagon control. The only part of that Kampmann won was the striking. Shields controlled where the fight went, clearly out-grappled him. I don't know wtf you were watching, or what your trying to say "he had more position than Shields- he was in Shields guard ONCE while Shields had 8 DOMINANT POSITIONS. You are just wrong. Go back and watch the fight.

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  • azzkika
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    Who had more submission attempts? Kampmann won that but you don't expect the judges the UFC gets to score with any amount of sanity.

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  • Jizzle11
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    The only dominant position shields had was that mout in the 1st. Kampmann had more strikes, actually tried to put him away. Stuffed most of takedowns and got up with not a lot of trouble. Talk about effective grappling, thats pretty effective to me!!!

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  • daigoro702
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    shit sorry i just thought that the knees counted as effective striking oops, i watch what every else watch and i say shields dont deserve shit.

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  • japanegro23
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    NO NO NO! Look guys. Dana is struggling to find someone new to challenge for that belt. There is no way in hell Jake deserves a shot at the belt. All the trash Dana talked about SF's roster and then he gives one of their ex guys a title shot after one fight?! Give me a break. Another crazy move by Dana that makes some (I said some) people question the way the UFC runs things. If this is supposed to be a legitimate sport, please do things the right way!

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  • MereDictum
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    Can't deny the guy is a BJJ freak of nature but in the end he's a boring one-trick pony IMO. Seems like a really nice guy though.

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  • willc09
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    i think that a fight between Shields and Fitch should be done to determine the #1 contender

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  • Arthur_Knoqout
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    that fight was a complete draw if I've ever seen one. SMH. a Californian will not lose in Cali

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  • Jesper
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    Man thats frustrating. The judges, especially cecil peoples should see this type of chart before calling anything.

    Shields camp probably payd him no way was it 30-27.

    REMATCH!!!

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  • Chief Don
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    I for one

    am not vaguely interested in seeing GSP-Shields

    until Jake notches a Big Win

    and actually finishes a top level foe

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Shields is for real. Anyone who watches the guys outside of the UFC knows this. Its usually hard to tell what the level of comp is like when they are not with the UFC, but in Shields case all you gotta do is check his resume. Hard cut, but again anyone who has watched him over the years knows that was not just some excuse. Anyway, just keep watching : )

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  • bZt
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    you're just repeating what they said on the show to try and justify bringing him in and why he performed so pathetically. take a sec to think about it, the guy threw barely any strikes standing, got to mount about 16 different times and caused NO DAMAGE whatsoever. Its so frustrating seeing a guy that can grapple so well but do nothing with it other than score barely enough points to scrape a split decision.

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  • YouKnow
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    thats the point no one watched him outside the UFC. I think he needs to prove himself against Fitch, then give him the shot. Fitch has earned another shot. Sheilds needs too much work for GSP.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Lol, I wouldn't say "no one." There are a lot of fans who enjoy MMA as a whole, not just in the UFC. Furthermore, ranks are not based on which fans watched him where.

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  • YouKnow
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    ok two people. My point is, sheilds vs Fitch then sheilds can get his shot. That 2 me seems fair.

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  • IChokePeople
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    You have no idea what you are talking about. Shields was obviously exhausted after the first round. He never gets exhausted like that and has had much faster fights. He hasn't cut weight for a while and anyone who knows anything about bad cuts knows that is what we saw last night.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Lol, I have absolutely no idea what show you are talking about. I am just educated and aware of all fighters, regardless of their promotion. Shields looked rough last night. Kampmann is a tough opponent and the weight cut was obviously hard on him. Again, if you had ever watched a fight or at least a Shields fight outside of the UFC you would probably understand. His last fight went 5 rounds and he defeated Hendo without gassing. Just letting you know : )

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  • LowkickDick
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    Shields definitely has the credentials to get in the ring skill wise and that is what is getting him the title shot.



    The reason he is getting it before Fitch is that is one of the only people that would be considered to have a legitimate chance against GSP that has not already lost to the champ.



    Honestly I would rather see Shields Fitch first. It would be interesting the possibility of Fitch getting controlled.

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  • azzkika
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    I actually hope Shields gets the shot, GSP will probably beat Koscheck, and then absolutely annihilate Shields and then Dana can get him humping guys around the top ten spot for a while.

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  • mma420
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    Shields is a good ground fighter even when hes tired like we saw last night but the thing is this is MMA not a pure grappling match even if he had 100% of his energy he still cant strike for shit. He has no technique or power to his striking and you gotta be well rounded to take a UFC belt

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  • Vergina
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    We get to see GSP finally stand with his opponent

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  • japanegro23
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    That would definitely happen.

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  • Condomdepot
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    no

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  • Arthur_Knoqout
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    i LOVE how people with disagreeing views get a "weak" vote. lmao only thing that's weak is Jake Shields. a title shot for what? gassing 2 minutes into the fight? oh what an exciting fight I see happening...sorry dozed off for a minute.

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  • scouser1whodares
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    he pathetic fight was fixed

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  • YouKnow
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    No

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  • UndefeatedOfWest
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    He should do mw and not ww if he is having cardio problems. Same with thiago alves. Rumble johnson is another one that comes off the top of my head.

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Agreed. I think Dana pushed him into WW so he could challenge GSP. At the same time tho, now that he is back down he should have an easier time maintaining the weight as opposed to cutting for each fight.

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  • UndefeatedOfWest
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    Like rumble rose mud match?

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  • gm1
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    Is Shields worthy....NOOOOOOOOOOO



    cutting 20lbs or cutting 5lbs....you sign up for the match...If what people say that Shields cut alot of weight overnight....is total BS in my opinion..

    Its called shitty planning...professional "my behind". Every top notch fighter knows, and a good team knows, you must cut weight gradually...diet, cardio, rest, and gradually in 10weeks you can nock off 20lbs now problem...Shields did not look like a skeleton...so his process was shitty....screw him...he doesnt deserve shit... He is lucky the hitman didnt land more punches and knocked his stupid ass out....



    Kosheck would eat him up,

    GSP would definitely eat him up,

    Fitch would probbly eat his ass up...



    NOT very impressed with Shields in this oraganization....

    Strikefore Champions dont impress anyone in the UFC...

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  • Joey Santosus
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    He won...

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  • azzkika
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    he didn't win, it was fixed.

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  • D
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    Decisions are based on effective striking, grappling, aggression and octagon control.



    Your whole argument is based on striking, which is 1/4 of the picture, and damage, which is NOT A CRITERION. Nowhere does it mention anything to do with how "tired" you think a guy may or may not be, so that does not matter either.



    It is unarguable that Shields controlled the octagon, keeping the fight where he wanted it the vast majority of the time. He dominated the grappling, was in several dominant positions, attempted submissions, and took Kampmann down multiple times (stats you chose not to show). As for agression, Shields was the guy taking the fight to Kampmann with Kampmann defending takedowns and submissions most of the time. Other than two solid knees, he did nothing to threaten Shields.



    If you find fighters like Jake Shields and Jon Fitch boring, I suggest you watch kickboxing and stop whining when they win their fights.

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  • Jesper
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    People dont only argue for the fact that Kampmann landed more, they also argue for the fact that Kampmann went for several submissions and almost got them too. Kampmann also got to his feet everytime Jake had him down, it might have taken some time but the result was the same everytime.



    Mousasi, you sound biased and Im wondering if you even saw that fight or was busy writing Jake a love letter! Would you like him to be on top of you ?

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  • azzkika
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    Striking - Kampmann clearly won as sheilds landed few shots that were very soft, Kampmann landed great knees elbows and punches.

    Grappling, shields got the takedowns kampmann got back to his feet every time and had submission attempts along the way, Kampmann won the grappling.

    Aggression, Shields hugged kampmann, kampmann landed knees, punches elbows and several submission attempts. Kampmann clearly more aggressive.

    Octagon control shields won this aspect of the fight as he controlled where the fight too place more than Kampmann.



    So out of the 4 criteria, Kampmann was clearly the better fighter for 3 of them, and when you include he nearly finished Shields whereas Shields had zero submission attepmts or didnt rock kampmann once it was a decisive victory for kampmann. I don't see what the arguement is here other than a fools.

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    Agree 100% Jesper, Kampmann was never in any kind of trouble and all that happened from the grappling was that Shields got tired. Personally I only count a takedown as octagon control and nothing else, the rest comes from what happens when you are down there and Shields did NOTHING.

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    Apparently you guys haven't watched Shields fight much, but if you let him get mount on you, you are in serious trouble. It is a testament to Kampmann's ground skills that Shields was not able to submit him, but it does not change the fact that he was dominated on the ground for the vast majority of the fight.



    As to Kampmann's submission attempts, Shields gave them up intentionally in order to sweep, and in case you didn't notice, he succeeded. Kampmann did not.

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  • azzkika
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    everytime Shields took Kampmann down he got up without any gnp or submission attempts tried by Shields, so his grappling was equal in that sense, then consider Kampmann actually had some submission attempts, his grappling now becomes superior. What did shields do exactly other than dry hump for 3 rounds?

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  • azzkika
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    that is all a takedown is is octagon control, if no submission attempts or gnp follow it nothing else can be attributed to it. if i was kampmann i'd be cursing my luck that the judges are blind or on a back hander.

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    I fight at 205. There is no way Shields would take me down. I would destroy him on the feet. Even if he did take me down, I would beat the crap out of him like I did to King Mo.

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    I encourage you to express your latent homsexuality. It is much healthier than projecting it onto other people.

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    I say give him Fitch !

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    Well I think Kampman won that fight no doubt, he didn't win the match because of the stupid scoring in America but no one can argue that Kampman didn't win that fight.



    So after losing a fight to Kampman did Shields earn a shot at GSP? Obviously, NO.

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    I think he needs one more at least before a title shot. i want to see him compete against another upper level WW before he gets a shot at the strap. Why the hell didnt he start adjusting his weight a few months ago? 20 lbs in one day? C'mon dude, this aint your first rodeo. Piss poor preparation. Kampman should of kept it standing and finished him or gotten the points via Strikes. Wasnt impressed with either guy.

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    jus feed shields to gsp and after that let the REAL top contender get his shot, FITCH!!! i mean the dude has earned it, who cares if he dosnt finish, hes dominated everyone except gsp and i think it would be an epic rematch

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    I don't understand where people are calculating damage done from Kampmann to Shields...both times when shields dropped from kampmann's knees, shields was going for a td right after. And as for submission attempts from kampmann...they posed no dangerdanger since shields got out of them EVERY time to gain better position. Kampmann was basically controlled the whole fight, a fighter who can't use his advantage (striking over shields) is just pathetic. Shields had him where he wanted to majority of the three rounds. Unfortunately Kampmann couldn't take advantage of the third round and thats how UFC is currently scored. So until then, shields deserves the shot. tough luck!

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  • azzkika
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    There's a clinical breakdown of the 4 judging criteria. Shields won ocatagon control. I don't see what other aspect he won of the 4, so he didn't win. Makes a joke of the sport decisions like that.

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  • sampala
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    also the fightmetric diagram above only shows less than half the fight....which was the stand up (which there wasn't much of). Fightmetric's stats on grappling showed that shields DOMINATED kampmann. Shields improved position on the ground 10 times while kampmann only once....

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  • azzkika
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    Shields improved position while kampmann was going for submissions, and landing elbows and punches from the bottom. Given shields dopne nothing, yes NOTHING with whatever position he got into, kampmann won. if hugging and transpositioning is greater than punching kicking kneeing, elbowing and submission attempts then the judging criteria needs changing. There is no sane arguement Shields won that fight.

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  • Featherweight
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    I think it was nerves that caused his tank to run out. He had a lot of pressure to come into the UFC and dominate. Dwelling on things like that can be straining. I'm sure we'll see a better Shields in his 2nd and 3rd fights.

    If the dude can win while obviously tired, i'm eager to see what he can do in top shape.

    that being said, Fitch would smother him and GSP would wreck him.

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