Jake Shields talks Nick Diaz fiasco, Jake Ellenberger bout and fighting Anderson SilvaPosted on September 9, 2011, 02:27 PM by Joey Santosus
Top Welterweight contender Jake Shields, who will meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC: Battle on the Bayou, discusses the recent developments surrounding his teammate, Nick Diaz, as well as his desire to challenge Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
"I really wanted to see that fight, as most people. I think everyone was excited to see Nick (Diaz) vs. GSP. Condit and St. Pierre is a good fight too, but obviously most people would probably agree that its not as good a fight...I think Dana is a smart guy and mostly fair. I don't know the details, but hopefully Nick learns from what he's done and moves forward and gets himself another title shot...I just heard that (Nick Diaz was fighting BJ Penn) two minutes ago and I am very happy about that. I was worried Nick would get dropped from the UFC after that. So, its good that he gets a chance to redeem himself and that's a great fight as well. It's a tough fight, but I think Nick sets too high of a pace for BJ. I think he'll overwhelm him and tire him down and beat BJ.
I think (Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami) was a great performance. Anderson Silva just picked him apart. It shows he's on a different level. He dropped him with a jab, it's not very often you see guys get dropped with jabs in MMA and that's a few times Anderson has dropped people with jabs now. His striking is just extremely impressive. I would love the opportunity (to fight Anderson Silva). I've wanted to fight him for years. Obviously, its a tough fight. To say Anderson Silva would be an easy fight would just be stupid. But, I want to fight him because he's one of the best pound for pound for sure and I think stylistically, the best guy to beat him is a good wrestler with good submissions. So, stylistically, it's a good fight for me."