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Bad-Idea Callout of the Day: Jake Shields Still Wants Anderson Silva

(“Take that, logic!”)

With a pair of decisive losses in his last two Octagon appearances, Jake Shields‘s career is at a crossroads. He could try to scrape his way back up the welterweight ladder — starting with his fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144 — or he could try to re-invent himself completely. Since his homey Nick Diaz is now competing for interim titles in the same weight class, it’s clear which way he’s leaning:

I would have no problem fighting there,” Shields told in regards to returning to 185 pounds. “It’s something I’ve thought about before and I was thinking about it (before) this fight, but they offered me this fight (and) I took it. Especially with my teammate, Nick Diaz, challenging for the welterweight title, it’s definitely in the back of my mind going up to 185 (pounds)…I’d fight sparring partners, but (Nick and I) are different. We trained together for, like, 11 years; so it’s a little different.

So who does Shields have his eye on, hypothetically, at 185? Hint: It’s the same guy he’s always wantedAnderson Silva. Oh Jake, you crazy dreamer. Here’s what he told MMAFightCorner:

That’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time. Anderson’s a phenomenal fighter, one of the best of all time, but I just think stylistically the guys that match up best against him are wrestlers with good jiu-jitsu. Chael did great with him until he got caught in a triangle right at the end. His worst matchup’s against good wrestlers and jiu-jitsu, and it’s just he’s a great matchup. Obviously it wouldn’t be an easy fight because I think he has the best standup in the sport, but that’s a fight I would love an opportunity to do…I’d love to see Nick take that [interim UFC welterweight] belt. And then at that point I’ll try to get through Akiyama and then probably start putting on some weight.”

I’m glad that Shields clarified that it wouldn’t be an “easy fight,” considering that he couldn’t even handle Jake Ellenberger’s striking. There’s also the fact that — no matter what Jake accomplished as a middleweight in Strikeforce — he’d have to work his way up the ladder at 185, and the contender pool there is deeper than ever. With Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping, and Demian Maia battling for the next two title shots, Anthony Johnson already making a run up from welterweight, and Josh Koscheck considering the same thing, middleweight is a hot mess right now.

Make no mistake, I give Shields massive cojones-points for wanting to see how he stacks up against the best in the world, especially since Georges St. Pierre claims that he’d need himself and Anderson to sit out for an indefinite period of time before he does it himself. But it’s really not worth discussing until Shields beats a couple of UFC middleweight contenders first — and does it with such authority that the fans actually want to see a Shields vs. Silva superfight come together. Okay, we might be approaching “alternate universe” territory here. The only thing we know for sure is that Jake had better not lose to Akiyama.

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Buster Hyman- December 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm
wake me up when this article is over
Mofo- December 29, 2011 at 8:52 am
And yes Jake loves to bite pillows.
Mofo- December 29, 2011 at 8:51 am
Munche - it would look the same except that Jake can't strike for shit. Absurdly, Chael actually got the better of Silva in strikingly. Because he is Bizarro Superman.
Todd M- December 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm
^ Ha, I've often thought Jake was as queer as a 3 dollar bill. I agree that Middleweight is the better division for Jake, just like I agree that Silva would murdalize Jake swiftly.
bobash- December 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm
I thought I read "coming out" then realized it was "call out". Don't be scared homie, gay dudes are encouraged to be yourself.
Lesnarischamp- December 28, 2011 at 10:23 am
This isn't Strikeforce, Jake. You don't get title shots after recent losing streaks.
XENOPHON- December 28, 2011 at 9:29 am
@rngeorgeh...word up with that. Like really, who calls out Matt Hughes?
@TeilaTuliTooth - I agree. JS needs to sit in the back of the bus, next to that Danga character and Karma on the bench seat.
Sopapo - True he blasted Hendo. But of his 26 wins, Shields has only won by knock out 3 times. I don't even think its a case that Shields got lucky. Instead, Hendo had a off night.
Let me any of your you this. Could Jake Shields beat Fedor?
munche- December 28, 2011 at 9:14 am
How is moving to a division where you are tailor made to beat the champion a bad idea? It'd look just like the Sonnen fight without the hail mary submission.
Me likey- December 28, 2011 at 9:12 am
i would like to see this fight happen. mostly because shields would literally get killed. the diaz brothers and gilbert would then kill anderson silva. the rat pack would go to jail and all would be right with the world.
Sopapo- December 28, 2011 at 8:37 am
What he said is absolutely right, he does have the style that would put Silva in trouble, if he gets him to his back. Okami couldn't and hes one tough mofo. However if he could put down Henderson i guess he could take him down and keep him there right ?
TeilaTuliTooth- December 28, 2011 at 8:36 am
Whats all this about weight cuts now. GSP beat him (like everybody else) and Ellenberger rang his bell, it happens.
Jake is as ever a good grappler, but no world beater, either at 170 or 185. Calling out AS because he was once a Strikefarce champion takes having a large pair of Sonnens indeed.
RwilsonR- December 28, 2011 at 8:31 am
What do you mean he'd have to work his way up the ladder to a MW title fight? Team Cesar Gracie don't need to work their way up no stinking ladders to get title fights.
rngeorgeh- December 28, 2011 at 8:24 am
Jake is a great person and an incredible fighter but he would most definitely have the odds stacked against him vs. Silva. Having said that, I do agree he should move up to 185. The weight cut to 170 seems a little much for him. At least he has the balls to call out someone who's a challenge, as opposed to calling out retiree's like Hughes!
ArmFarmer- December 28, 2011 at 8:10 am
"Make no mistake, I give Shields massive cojones-points for wanting to see how he stacks up against the best in the world, especially since Georges St. Pierre claims that he’d need himself and Anderson to sit out for an indefinite period of time before he does it himself."

What the fuck does that sentence mean?
Kid Clam Curtains- December 28, 2011 at 8:09 am
He looked like shit at 170. Super drawn out and a little too slow. 185 is where he should be.
Mofo- December 28, 2011 at 8:03 am
Thing is, 185 is the thinnest division. God it's been a boring division for many years. So yeh we need Jake to move up... and bring his boring style with him...? Wait that sucks.