You can’t argue with 28-6-1, with a 3-2-1 UFC record that had Jake pulling off wins over perpetual tough guys like Yoshihiro Akiyama, Tyron Woodley, Ed Herman (turned to a No Contest) and Martin Kampmann, you just can’t. Jake Shields may not be the most flashy fighter in the world, but damn does he know how to win a fight. His domination of Hendo will go down as the fight that kicked Dan Henderson from the middleweight division, and let’s not forget his wins over Yushin Okami and Carlos Condit (that came in a single night), but enough of Jake Shields’ resume — I think you get it — Jake is coming off a huge split-decision win over Tyron Woodley at UFC 161.
Shields/Woodley is one of those fights that the judges finally got right, even if it was a split-decision. So often we see a fighter pressuring another fighter, only to lose the fight, but not this time, Jake Shields smothered Tyron Woodley, who usually smothers his opponents. It was a strange case of justice, and Jake’s knees to Tyron’s thigh couldn’t have felt great after the 100th time.
Now, Jake is looking for his next fight, and some retribution, or at least a climb of the ladder. He wants to rematch Jake Ellenberger, who knocked out Shields in 53 seconds at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger, or at least Demian Maia, who has taken the welterweight division by storm.
It was a really tough fight, I wanted to do a lot more, I wanted to finish him, but he was real hard to take down and started pressing the fight and it was good enough to win. I thought it was a close fight, but he didn’t do enough to beat me and I did enough to beat him.I want tough guys, I would like a rematch with Ellenberger, or Demian Maia would be good — any of the top guys.