Jake Shields Finally Signs With The UFC, Debuts at Welterweight

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Updated: July 16, 2010
Jake-Shields

After tough negotiations, Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shield official signs with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, according to GracieFighter.

Shields will return to his natural weight and debut as a welterweight.

30 Comments

  1. Ken

    July 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    He wont get a title shot right away, He wins his first couple fights gets the title shot and I think he has a solid shot of beating GSP. Dan Henderson is a better wrestler than GSP is a much larger opponent and he didn't fare so well against Shields

  2. shawn

    July 16, 2010 at 1:34 am

    GSP will kill this bitch!!!!!! (shields)

  3. Kung Fu Panda

    July 16, 2010 at 1:38 am

    GSP will squash him but he will add more talent to the division.

  4. Kung Fu Panda

    July 16, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Actually, I would really like to see him take on Damien Maia…that would be a BJJ dream match.

  5. rhetro

    July 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

    this is gunna be good. after he loses his first fight he can make room for someone else in the p4p rankings. and unless gsp loses, he's never gunna fight him.

  6. STEVEO

    July 16, 2010 at 3:15 am

    well at least not for a while. if he wins his first two i say he would get a shot because there really wont be to many people left that havent already had a shot

  7. STEVEO

    July 16, 2010 at 3:15 am

    i would like to see the fitch alves winner get another shot

  8. jay

    July 16, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Kung fu And Shawn you keyboard wizrds you guys are retarded. Shields Is a way better grappler than GSP and better wrestler. He can Possibly beat GSP. He handled Hendo who is much bigger than him and is a great wrestler himself. Shields Is elite when it comes to the ground. GSP is a Pussy straight up

  9. kimuraking83

    July 16, 2010 at 4:00 am

    He will fight the winner of fitch vs alves then he fights for the belt.

  10. P4P #1 Fan

    July 16, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Jay – you mental midget moron, Sheilds is not a better wrestler than GSP. His submissions are better but that is it. As far as Hendo being bigger, it is not the size that matters (you should be familiar with that statement you short dick bastard). While Hendo is bigger, GSP's endurance and stand-up is better than Hendo's. I will admit that Hendo has KO power that GSP does not have but outside of that, GSP's stand up is far better. And don't forget that Sheilds was one or two blows from getting KTFO out against Hendo and if it was not for Hendo being an old fuck and for him blowing his wad, he would have KO'ed him. That will not happen with GSP. I am a Shields fan but GSP is far more of a complete MMA fighter and years ahead of Shield. Know your shit before you talk it bitch!

  11. LumpDawg

    July 16, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Jay-pussy-really???? WTF GSP will dominate jake,esp on the ground. You haters aiways complain about the way he fights.The guy is very intelligent,he trains his ass off,works well with his team to come up with a game plan,then he exacutes it to perfection.Good luck stopping him.Just b/c he is'nt getting hilight reel ko's doesn't mean that he's not dominating fights,because he is.He is just working the best gplan against whoever his opp is.I guess all you GSP haters don't think Kos really earned his win over daley??? "He laid on him,or dry humped him for 3 rounds" That is the kinda crap yall spew over and over.Fck that sht. it takes an idiot to stand in front of a one dimential thug,who could knock out king f'n kong with one shot. It's MMA not a punching competition. Kos is a great wrestler and fighter,Georges is better,alot better. Jake is agood wrestler but not on the same planet with GSP. And while you are whining,Yes Hendo is a great wrstler/fighter,and jake beat him.But let me give you a little insight from a (keyboard warrior) Henderson was sick and but too much respect to make excuses. If they fought again, my money is on Hendo,,even though he's no spring chicken and has been in many wars.When you get in the cage with a great wrestler, you Know what they are going to do,soo stop it! You usually have several months to train and come up with a counter,but they dont so they (not all- some) cry.So stop with the he was dh or laid on the whole time.You do understand that every fight and every round starts on the feet,don't you?? And if you are too good to be bothered by keyboards, Turn Off your F'CKING Computer and quit crying and demeaning the folks on here having conversations about what we think and like,trying to gain Knowledge from other peoples opinions and knowledge.

  12. jay

    July 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

    P4P your a Bitch and so is you boy GSP when he got caught by Matt Serra. Who in the ufc fights like shields. Do you know who shields is he is a 3rd place winner in the 2005 Abu dhabi championships the elite of the elite BJJ and wrestlers on the planet fight in that. GSP has been tapped by superior grapplers. Hell he even got tapped by a prime matt hughes. Jake has competed in over 600 freestlye and submssion grappling matches. GSp is not a better wrestler than GSP so YOU KNOW YOIR SHIT BEFORE YOU TALK FAN BOY ONLY AND GSP NUTHUGGER

  13. P4P #1 Fan

    July 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Jay, It is a good thing that it is almost bed time for you. Go eat your cereal and get to bed on time and maybe mommy will give you your daily hour on the computer tomorrow. You arguments are so stupid because I know and understand everything you are telling me about Shields resume. I have trained in martial arts, on and off for 15 years and most of my training has been in BJJ…with a Gracie school so beleive me, I bow to Sheilds BJJ skills. But we are talking about MMA not BJJ. Yes GSp got caught by Matt Serra and Hughes but everyone gets caught. While anything is possible, I could almost guarantee you that with all of Sheilds skills, he will not be able to take GSp down at will and he will not be able to sub him. So relax. I am not a GSP nutugger. In fact I would rather see Sheild's ground game but at this point, my money is on GSP if the two went at it.

  14. Southside

    July 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Sheilds versus Maia would produce an awesome ground chess match!

  15. jay

    July 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    P4P I run a succesful business and I'm not a kid like you who dreams to be a MMA fighter. I'm saying that GSP has weakness's and shields is probably a guy that could point them out. And yes GSP would probably win but to say that GSP would own him and make him look like nothing is retarded. Anderson is another guy that could point out weakness's in GSP. Are you saying that its guranteed 100% that GSP could beat shields

  16. Trapper

    July 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Base no theories on Shields vs Hendo. Henderson was clearly off his game, still Shields make a fine addition to Major League MMA.

  17. david

    July 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    dudes, all i can say is anything can happen in this sport. No way would I have ever thought that Serra would beat GSP. I didn't even order the fight because I just knew GSP would win.

    Let's just stop with the predictions and say that it would be a great fight if it were to happen. Now I'm sure that the UFC paid some good money for shields so even though its reported that he is gonna fight a top contender, I'm sure the UFC will pick an opponent that will not match up well with Shields.

    If Hughes wasn't fighting Ricardo, that would be my sure bet but I'm gonna say that he's gonna face Martin Kampmann

    Any how the fuck did Sonnen jump to #2 in the MW division accordin to Sherdog?

  18. STEVEO

    July 17, 2010 at 12:48 am

    because ranking mma fighters who are not the champ is lame. the promoters offer the fights people want to see that will make them money not the ones that make sense, dan hardy gets a shot because hes beaten??? Sonnen is not that impressive and in my opinion gave andersen silva a reason to come out and kill him a la rich franklin. look for that fight to be short and violent and for sonnen to get a big fat slice of humble pie.

  19. Troll

    July 17, 2010 at 3:14 am

    @ P4P #1 Fan,

    I only had to read a couple lines you wrote to know that you use to call yourself CobraClutch till you got ran off this forum for always being a jerk with referrences about calling people kids and other prick like con-descending remarks.

    Sorry to blow your cover. Your still a prick no matter what name you go by.

  20. Troll

    July 17, 2010 at 3:19 am

    @ jay,

    I can't blame P4P for insulting you when your starting your comments by insulting other peoples opinions.

    Why be an asshole???????

    Why would you call these people retarded???????

  21. Troll

    July 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Appology to P4P for defending himself against jay.

    Sorry, jay was the jerk on this thread. I still think your CobraClutch though.

  22. P4P #1 Fan

    July 17, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Troll- I really am not CC. I have been posting on here for about 6 months and was posting the weekend when everything went down with CC's post on porn and all that and it was ugly….but seriously, not him. I will admit that I stooped to imatuarity by calling jay a kid but from his #8 post, as you saw, he looked real childish.

    Jay- although we disagree, I definitely can respect post 15…but when you come off and jump on people like on post 8, you are gonna get it back. Congrats on being a sucessful businessman. I am not a kid looking to be an MMA fighter. I work in the Corporate world and MMA is my escape from suits, conference calls, business travel, and 8 hour long meetings. I did try it, though and unfortunalty went 0 – 3 before I relaized that I needed to incorporate BJJ to my game. Ever since, I stuck with BJJ and love ut but never competed, still train, in MMA again. So dude, beleive me, I have pictures from tournaments and have met all the greatest BJJ guys around the world…I love BJJ and respect Sheilds game a whole lot. I just don't think he has the overall game to beat GSP. We can agree to disagree.

    Trapper- I used the Shields vs Hendo as an example but I could go to the Shields vs Miller, where Miller alsmost submitted him, or vs daley where although Shields dominated, he went straight to the ground and is one dimensional. Yes he would be stupid to stand there and trade with Daley but he is predictable. He gets a A+++++ for his ground game but gets a D- for his stand up. He needs to work on that before he can really make a dent in the UFC…and yes anything can happen, but based on the strengths and weakness of GSP and Sheilds, I would say that GSP would crush him.

  23. CobraClutch

    July 17, 2010 at 5:16 am

    ONLY I am CC. Now shut the fuck up and get my name out of your mouths. I must have REALLY made an impact on you pussies for you to keep my dick in your mouth for the past month when I gave up posting and trying to talk real MMA with you fucking high school pussies who talk shit, but never would back up a damn word.

    Nice to see you guys miss me, but please, there's only one Cage, and there's only ONE CobraClutch. And they're both separate people.

    Now go suck my dick some more.

  24. CobraClutch

    July 17, 2010 at 5:20 am

    To chime in thought, to real MMA speak. GSP will crush this can known as Shields. Just like Gomi, Kimbo, and other stepping up to the "big time" and go to the UFC, Shields will be exposed and GSP will crush…that…CAN!!!

    Now please….feel free to going back and sucking on my dick a little more and calling everyone you disagree with by MY name.

    Hahahahahahaa. :P

  25. ReBoot

    July 17, 2010 at 5:35 am

    "real MMA" doesn't consist of someone acting like a know it all and putting down other people…. actually, wait a minute: judging by half of the posts on this thread I'm dead wrong!

    welcome back Cobra

  26. STEVEO

    July 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

    ah cool cobraclutch is back

  27. Troll

    July 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

    @ P4P #1 Fan,

    Sorry for thinking you were CobraClutch. The "kid" reference was one of his usuall insults.

    @ CobraClutch,

    How can you back somthine up on a forum? Do you mean physically? It could never happen, but if it makes you feel better…….

    Also, you picking GSP is the kiss of death for any fighter. You can't pick a fights period.

    BOOK IT!

  28. hosan

    July 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

    i pick gsp =)

  29. Businessman

    July 19, 2010 at 5:05 am

    It looks like Martin Kappman will be his first opponent. They are not giving Sheilds a warm up fight. I could Martin taking this match. I am hoping that sheilds can pull it off but Martin's BJJ is underrated and his standup is crisp.

  30. Reece

    August 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Dan Henderson almost knocked shields out in the first round. Henderson had to lose a lot of weight night prior of the weigh in. He was dehydrated that’s why he gassed the way he did. If he hadn’t been as dehydrated as he was he would have destroyed shields but you have to give shields his due he took one h%ll of a punch and recovered.

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