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Jake Shields Injured His Back 12 Weeks Ago

(Video courtesy TheFightFix)

According to Jake Shields‘ father and manager, Jack Shields, the rumors that his son suffered an injury training for his UFC debut next weekend aren’t without merit.

The elder Shields told CSN Washington’s The Fight Fix over the weekend that Jake, who hasn’t fought at 170 since 2008, sustained a back injury due to a combination of too much running and cutting too much weight too quickly to drop down to welterweight for his UFC 121 fight with Martin Kampmann, but says that he has since made a complete recovery.

If you watch Jake’s training session with former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren, the former Strikeforce middleweight champ doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of being injured, but if the injury came from cutting weight, you never know what effect dropping the final five to 10 pounds will have on his back this week.

If you’re undecided on who to choose for your Fightpicker or betting picks, you might want to go with Kampmann. I was the only one out of Ben, Chad and myself who picked Martin during the roundtable segment of latest episode of The Bum Rush, but for the record I also made another darkhorse pick in Carlos Condit beating Dan Hardy and we all know how that fight turned out.

Even if Shields’ back is 100 percent healed by Saturday night, not being able to train for an extended period of time while he recovered could very well have an effect on his strength and conditioning. It’s also not outside the realm of possibility that his camp is understating the severity and timeline of the injury.

At least now if he loses he’ll have an excuse.

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cecils_pupils- October 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Kimbos Bread for the muthafuckin' win.
RwilsonR- October 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm
I think Shields gets a lot of crap, but he really is a true martial arts philosopher. An excerpt from Jake Shields training philosophies:

“A good martial artist does not become tense but sleepy. Not thinking yet not dreaming, ready for whatever blanketing may come. A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and face the consequences of his own inaction. To have no technique, there is no opponent, because the word "I" does not exist. When the opponent expands I contract and when he contracts, I expand, when he is on his back, I smother. And when there is an opportunity, "I" do not lay, "It" lays all by itself."
Kimbos Bread- October 18, 2010 at 11:17 am
He's just Shield-ing himself in case of a loss.
Elentius- October 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

You may be a d-bag but that was pretty funny stuff there.
GILL-uh-TEEN- October 18, 2010 at 10:47 am
I'm confused. I don't understand how laying down on someone can injure your back... I thought doctors routinely suggest that you lay down to help a back injury. This 'fight' should be great rehab...
ReX13- October 18, 2010 at 10:34 am
RwR says:

"when there is an opportunity, "I" do not lay, "It" lays all by itself."

Joedirt- October 18, 2010 at 10:13 am
War Shields.
Shields wins this. I'll bet anyone a large double double from Tim Hortons or starbucks.
RwilsonR- October 18, 2010 at 10:03 am
I can see why Shields would be susceptible to some back problems. You have to move around from time to time, and not just lay in the same position. I know if I lay on my stomach all night I will wake up with an awful crick in my neck.
cecils_pupils- October 18, 2010 at 9:59 am
Smooth move ballkick, the Cavity Creeps won't stand a chance against Crest Gel. Shiiiit, if Jake spreads Crest Gel across his back it may even cure his recurring staph infection.
RwilsonR- October 18, 2010 at 9:53 am
@ knucklesamithc - Totally agree! This BS about his daddy trotting out to give preemptive excuses is just stupid. At least BJ Penn's mom actually thought enough of her son's ability to wait until after the fight to start making excuses for him.

@ Rex - I didn't catch that tag until you pointed it out. They have had some great tags lately!
Fried Taco- October 18, 2010 at 9:38 am
I hate it when I get a back injury while sleeping, too.
ReX13- October 18, 2010 at 9:34 am
Am i the only one who noticed the brokeback blanket tag? Cause that shirt were funny.
MoTropolis- October 18, 2010 at 9:26 am
Unfortunately his doctor wasnt able to diagnose the injury in a timely matter, because he fell asleep during his medical interview.
Ballkick- October 18, 2010 at 9:20 am
Oh no.....GINGIVTIS is a precursor to a much bigger battle for Jake.
Look out for the Cavity Creeps,......we make holes in teeth,......we make holes in teeth,.....we make holes in teeth. I hope Crest Gel can save him in time.

I look for Kampmann to spoil the UFC debut of Jake Sheildzzzzzzzzzzzz........nighty night Jaky boi.
knucklesamitch- October 18, 2010 at 9:18 am
oh here we go...Daddy's bringing up 3 month old injuries in order to reference an excuse when he loses his UFC debut. Eff this clown...If his boring ass makes me fall asleep before the main event I'm calling Dana for a refund. CP, I know you've got Dana's number in your recent received calls on your cell, hand it over.
cecils_pupils- October 18, 2010 at 9:08 am
In addition to suffering a back injury, Jake suffers from the gum disease known as GINGIVITIS.
FlashinLeather- October 18, 2010 at 9:03 am
maybe he should lay down for a bit, and pray his back is 100 percent