Daniel Gracie: Jake Shields’ Jiu-Jitsu is unbelievable, but GSP is the best athlete in the UFC

Answering on whether he thinks Jake Shields has what it takes to take the belt away from Georges St. Pierre: Look, Jake Shields’ Jiu-Jitsu is unbelievable. What I think is that Georges is a better athlete than Jake, but Jake’s Jiu-Jitsu is better than Georges’. So yes, I think he has what it takes to win this fight. And it’s not just that, I’m surprised with my cousin Cesar. His camp is now very united, with a lot of great fighters. They are having a really good training there, so I think it will be a very competitive fight against Georges St. Pierre.

But Georges is improving every day, and for me as an athlete, he’s the best athlete the UFC have right now. He put himself on that level, and it’s hard to see someone coming even close to this. He can keep his pace forever, without getting tired or being slower. And that’s very hard to achieve, especially in MMA.

Again, my art is Jiu-Jitsu. And to see Jake Shields working is amazing. I think that his Jiu-Jitsu alone can give him a great advantage in this fight.

PRIDE veteran, LowKick.com favorite and Renzo Gracie BJJ Academy in Stamford Head Instructor, Daniel Gracie, shared his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s UFC Welterweight showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields. St. Pierre, BJJ Black Belt under Bruno Fernandes, spent a lot of time under the patronage of  Renzo Gracie in New York in preparations for Jake Shields, as well as for his previous fights against Josh Koscheck and Dan Hardy. Jake Shields’ mentor Cesar Gracie recently expressed his disappointment with Renzo Gracie training Georges St. Pierre, who’s not representing his academy.

Full exclusive interview with Daniel Gracie will be posted next week.

Photo: Gracie Mag


7 Comments

  1. Avatar of japanegro23

    japanegro23

    April 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    We’ve seen many times that great wrestling can beat great BJJ.

  2. Avatar of THF

    THF

    April 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    A great wrestler with a little bit of jiu jitsu knowledge can beat a great JJB guy but on the ground I don’t care how good you are at wrestling if you don’t learn at least the basics of Jiu Jitsu you are going to get submitted.

  3. Avatar of 51JD51

    51JD51

    April 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    GSP is a black belt though, I think he’s got the basics covered.

  4. Avatar of TheRealDeal

    TheRealDeal

    April 29, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Shields isn;t submitting anyone with his “JJB”.

  5. Avatar of Warheadchief

    Warheadchief

    April 29, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Lmao, Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian sounds like a criminal.

  6. Avatar of doomsdayapex

    doomsdayapex

    April 29, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Jon Fitch was submitted by Shields once, and Fitch is a goddamn wrestling machine.

    In the end, it always comes down to a couple of things that provide as the deciding factor for a Wrestling vs. BJJ match up:

    1.) Luck
    2.) Experience
    3.) Endurance

  7. Avatar of Loboplomo

    Loboplomo

    April 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    a “very good” wrestler can keep the fight on the feet…I personally think GSP is a “great” wrestler…do the math

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