“I’ve been saying this fight is all just a dream fight right now. And everybody keeps acting like he’s going to get past (Jake) Shields. I think Jake Shields loves that (expletive). Jake Shields has been a low key guy his entire career and a lot of people don’t realize what a record this kid has.”
“I know how I felt, and I know how everybody in this room felt right now, and if you say otherwise you’re a liar, thought that Dan Henderson was going to kill him. Dan Henderson was going to kill him and so did Strikeforce, and he didn’t. So you can’t count Jake Shields out.”
As UFC President Dana White fielded questions regarding the possibility of the St. Pierre vs. Silva super-fight at Saturday’s UFC 126 post-fight press conference, one thing became painfully clear – Jake Shields has been forgotten. With an impressive 26-4-1 record, the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black-belt holds victories over such notable opponents as Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Nick Thompson, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason Miller, Dan Henderson, and most recently Martin Kampmann. And though many are pre-occupied with the thought of the UFC’s two most dominant champions ever going head to head, in what would surely be a historical bout, “GSP” must first overcome a worthy adversary in Shields, who is no stranger to the underdog position.
When contacted by MMAWeekly.com regarding the matter, Shields replied via text message:
“Yeah, I plan to spoil that fight.”
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