Shields Up: Can Jake Beat Tyrone?

Jake Shields is a great fighter. More to the point, he’s a phenomenal ground specialist. His jiu-jitsu is off the charts and combined with his formidable wrestling skills, there would be (but) perhaps (only) two fighters in the 170 division that would risk rolling with him and that would be Demian Maia and Nick Diaz. Odd and absent from that list is the name of George St. Pierre. When the welter-weight champion had the chance (April 2011) to test his metal against Jake on the ground, Rush gave the opportunity a pass.

The knock on Jake has been that his stand-up has not been as formidable as his ground-game. However and since his fight with GSP 26 months ago, he’s improved. He’s not Anderson Silva, but then again who is but “the man” himself. No, Jake has put together a pretty solid stand-up game and it has improved his overall game. In his match with Rush, I for one was shocked at how good his stand-up actually was. I was expecting GSP to have his way with Shields in that department, yet that wasn’t the case. Jake held his ground and returned fire with solid jabs. The Champ’s post-fight-face was proof of it.

However it’s 2013, now. GSP is gone from the Octagon and come Saturday night it will be Tyrone Woodley who will be opposite of Jake in the ring. If there’s a St. Pierre metaphor for this fight it would be  this, “The Chosen One” is more Rush circa 2005-2006 then he would be Rush of 20013. Woodley is hungry. Shields should expect a “climbing-to-the-top-of-the-ladder” performance from Woodley on Saturday night. Not an “ensure-I-stay-there-once-I-get-there” outing from Tyrone.

Woodley has heavy hands and better stand-up. If this ends up being a kick-boxing fight, because Jake either chooses to keep it standing or can’t get it to the ground, for surely Tyrone won’t  be attempting it and he would be foolish to do so if he did, then Jake better have his shields up, because he willprobably get KO’d if he doesn’t.

As always, let us know what your take on the fight is.

Enjoy the bout.


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    June 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    stopped reading after the first sentence. the answer is no.

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    June 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    sure but a decision only.

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    June 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I doubt it.. Tyrone is on fire right now… shields only way of winning is catching Tyrone in a sub… but i don't think Tyrone is that stupid! His wrestling is good enough to keep the fight standing and knock shields senseless…

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      June 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Since when is a one fight win streak considered "on fire?"

      Jake Shields has won 14 fights in his career by dragging the fight to the ground and grinding out decisions. He certainly does not have to win by sub. He also has only been KO'd twice in his career, and only once since 2000. It's really too bad your memory only goes back 2 or 3 fights.

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    June 15, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Are you kidding? Shields can beat anyone I mean look at his record, Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami on the same night also Dan Henderson in his record. Check your facts dudes.

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    June 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Shields has had some bad outings in the last couple of years but the fact remains that there is no one at WW that he can't hang with. I think he surprises some people and takes the win here. He isn't the best looking striker but you can not deny that he lands a lot of punches when he fights. He won his last fight (before testing positive for marijuana I think) by out striking his opponent. He took rounds away from GSP with striking which is something no one else has been able to do. He is a decent wrestler and an extremely dangerous ground fighter. IMHO he has many more ways to beat Woodley than Woodley has to beat him. Tyrone has a punchers chance due to his power and that is it. Jake Shields via UD.

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    June 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I know Jake Shields has good BJJ but why is it that people keep saying his JJ is off the charts…Gimmie a break!!! The only reason they say that is because his stand up is average at best. We haven't seen him display a dominate win in a long time…especially with his so called amazing BJJ. Jake Shields can eat a D.

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      June 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Shields is a 3 time Grappler's Quest Champion, Gracie Open Super-fight Champion, Pan Am gold medalist, ADCC bronze medalist and has 10 submission victories in MMA. You sir, can eat that D yourself.

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        June 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

        Who cares what he has done….what has been doing lately…nothing…GFY..i have every right questioning his ability to complete against top 10 guys… and by the sounds of it your sir should get of his D.

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          June 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

          Sure, you have the right to question it…stupidity is not a crime. Shields has recorded wins against four guys currently ranked in the top 10 of their UFC divisions, and three guys currently ranked in the top 3…in 3 different weight classes. I guarantee there is not another guy in MMA who can make that claim.

          For the record:

          At 170: #2 Carlos Condit & #7 Martin Kampmann
          At 185: #3 Yushin Okami
          At 205: #3 Dan Henderson

          For those of you claiming that Shields can only beat Woodley by submission…those were 3 decision wins. Remember, he has great MMA wrestling.

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          June 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

          You can question anything you like but back it up with facts.

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    June 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Jake won, so trashers can sook a fat one.

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