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Jake Shields Hoping for a Title Shot if He Beats Kampmann in October

("I am the greatest.")

Well, it looks like Jake Shields has been brainwashed by Strikeforce’s whimsical title-shot contention decisions.

In an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio this week, the former Strikeforce middleweight champ says that he wouldn’t be surprised if his UFC 121 bout with Martin Kampmann will decide who gets the next shot at current welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre.

"Obviously if I’m close to getting a title shot it’s a huge factor [in my decision to go back to 170]," Shields said. "I’m not really sure if this is going to be a number one contender’s fight or not, it hasn’t been mentioned to me, but there’s a good chance if I go out there and look really good doing it, it’s definitely a possibility."

Sure, it isn’t unheard of for a guy to come in and get a shot after only one win inside the Octagon, but Shields is no Anderson Silva. If he pulls out a decision win over Kampmann, I’d like to see the UFC pit him against another well-rounded guy like Dan Hardy or Jon Fitch before he steps up to GSP.

You can argue that Jake’s wrestling isn’t nearly as good as other guys like Sherk, Hughes, Fitch and  Koscheck who have all lost handily to St-Pierre, his striking is far from great and his jiu-jitsu has been pretty ineffective against other high-level or even mid-level grapplers, so what threats would he pose to GSP?

If he loses all it will do is move him back down a few rungs on the contender ladder to work his way up like he should have done in the first place.

Although I don’t see him winning the welterweight belt, I see him doing better at 170 than at 185 against some of the big middleweights like Nate Marquardt and Alan Belcher, but according to Shields, he isn’t ruling out moving back up in the future so we may find out.

"I was pretty undecided the whole time [about whether I'd stay at middleweight or return to welterweight]. I just wanted big fights, and I know GSP is tied up with the Koscheck fight, so I was thinking maybe going to 85 since my weight’s already up," Shields explained. "They called and asked if I wanted (Martin Kampmann) at 70 and I said sure. They didn’t give me any pressure; they gave me the option. Some people were saying I was forced to go down, which certainly wasn’t the case. They said I could fight at either weight, but they offered me a fight at 70, and I was like I might as well jump and take it."

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petereaper- July 30, 2010 at 6:47 am
its funny to hearr everyone talk about someone being "boring" - maybe you dont like his personality and thats one thing, but technical superiority sure isnt boring to someone who knows what theyre watching. the dude beat DAN HENDERSON decisively on the ground after eating a couple of the best rights hendo can give. so his chin proved itself and like the gracies proved- standup (and jake's tops any gracie's except for ralek possibly) isnt as important when you have WORLD CLASS jits- and shields does. while fitch and he may be decent- shields would win and believe me, i love jon fitch.
ArmFarmer- July 29, 2010 at 4:43 am
Wow you guys really tapped into your creativity for that caption...
Travwaus- July 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm
if he is able to beat Kampann, face the loser of Condit and Hardy fight, to prove that he is good enough to be in that number 1 contender spot. he is coming from Strikeforce, he hasn't worked his way through UFC as a fighter yet so we don't know exactly how good he really is, Condit didn't automatically get a shot at the title for being the WEC champ, and I honestly think that Shields wouldn't have done as good in the WEC as he did in Strikeforce, and this is UFC we're talking about, a step up. I think seeing a rematch with Condit would be good because Condit is better and he looked off game that match, I don't think it would be the same story and ending for Shields if he fought Condit, he just got big headed fighting in an amateur league compared to UFC, so he thinks he's big stuff coming in, and he's going to be shocked at how the level of competition is different the small ol' Strikeforce. if Condit wins against Hardy then he should face and see how well he would fare against a former number 1 contender, which he would get dismantled by Dan Hardy. I think he has a few fight before he gets to fight GSP. But if UFC wants they can just throw him to the dogs and let him get that wake up call and let him fight GSP, it would be one of the most lopsided victories in UFC history.
Paysayten- July 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm
@ Sudos KFC hit the nail on the head. Hendo would thrash Sherk and Country Breakfast, has already beat Fitch at grappling and would likely beat Koscheck. So whatever you think of Jake's fighting style he belongs near in the top 5 at welterweight in the UFC.

What a crappy article.
ghostboner- July 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm
I know I have mentioned this before, but Shields beat Fitch in a grappling tourney a few years ago. I'm not saying he would beat him now, but Shields lay and pray is not to be underestimated. I'm still pulling for Kampmann, but if Hendo couldn't stay on the feet then I'm not sure Kampmann kan.
Jaqhammer- July 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm
The only way I see Shields getting a title shot after this fight is if he totally dominates Kampmann which, even if he wins, I don't see him doing. Fitch beats Alves, which I think will happen. Kos beats GSP (unlikely). Fitch has said he won't fight his teammate so other than an immediate rematch between GSP and Kos the UFC won't have many other options.

They could put the Shields/Kampmann winner against the Fitch/Alves winner for a title shot, but as I said earlier I see Fitch winning that match and I think after Alves he will have earned a title shot and shouldn't have to fight again to get it. If Alves wins though I would be okay with that fight.
TheArtof8Limbs- July 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Kampmann via submission rd 1...
DazedNConfused- July 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Shields/Kampman Winner vs. Winner of Fitch/Alves? Sounds promising.
DazedNConfused- July 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Depends on how he handles Kampman, but either way he needs 2 good fights before fighting the champ. I don't think Shields would beat Fitch, Alves or Koscheck. Sorry.
vengful1- July 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Sheilds vs GSP = someone getting pregnant

Dana can be the godfather.
Bob Reilly- July 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Jake "NyQuil" Shields left pillow creases all over Hendo's face.
Lysol- July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Jake Shields is so boring even Cage Potato cannot write a funny article about him.
Goog- July 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I can't wait to read the hypocrisy that'll flow after Shields pulls a Machida ["most boring fighter ever" for so long according to CPers] and gets a stoppage. Then it'll be "Jake Shields is for REAL!" and the dawning of the Shields era... all the while continuing to suck but making a bigger temporary name for himself in the two or three fights that'll follow. After the knockouts or stoppages, the fight math is:

First fight = "He's gonna kill him" and has a new pending place in the p4p list. He'll win, but not impressively and certainly not up to the previous 8 months of hype since the stoppage. People who built the new band wagon won't retract their statements, but they'll keep quieter.

Second fight = He might lose, but only go back down the list 2 or "contenders" away. His photo has likely been left off the promotional poster now.

Third fight = He'll lose again in what he feels is a bullshit decision to a gatekeeper's apprentice and then people will be more interested in his recent bullshit interviews than his fights.... where he'll credit new trainers and a renewed focus to "coming back better than ever with something to prove" and "the whole world is gonna see what I'm about". Then he'll lose and we'll just read articles about how many fights are left on his contract before joining Keith Jardine as co headliners in Milwaukee's Death Stare Fighter's outdoor event at the new Home Depot plaza grand opening.
Derekrva- July 28, 2010 at 11:48 am
The caption needs a "?" instead of the "." Shields looks slightly confused in the pic.
eelcozy- July 28, 2010 at 11:47 am
The only reason I want to see Jake Shields in the UFC is to get his ass beat. More than likely he'll blanket his way to victory over Martin...but will that give him a title shot? I don't care as long as he fights someone who kicks him in his stupid mouth.
KarmaAteMyCat- July 28, 2010 at 11:46 am
I say we make Kos, and him beat it out of each other after Kos losing to GSP see how that shit does.
Almost North- July 28, 2010 at 11:25 am
Don't watch Jake Shields while operating heavy machinery.
Viva Hate- July 28, 2010 at 11:24 am
I used to suffer from insomnia but then I watched a Jake Shields fight, now my problem is cured.

The brutal side effect is now every time I read or hear his name I suffer from narcolepsy.
mmaniac22- July 28, 2010 at 11:12 am
Why not? He's undeafeated in his last 14 fights, his last 4 fights were againt Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason Miller and Dan Henderson, so if he wins against Kampmann it's obvious that he deserves a title shot, he does already, even more than Koscheck. Of course Dana cannot accept that instantly but who cares.

PS: Let me predict something, Sonnen wins by lay-n-pray, and Shields pulls a rear naked choke over GSP. There it goes your p4p list.
rearnakedchickenchoke- July 28, 2010 at 11:10 am
Yeah, he just beat Hendo, who was in title contention in both the UFC and SF, which should count for something. Give him a shot after Kos. Doesn't seem like much of a leap to me, but the "Strikeforce Math" was still kinda funny.
Imentiu- July 28, 2010 at 11:08 am
I'd say he'd need a proper #1 contenders match to decide it if he beats Kampmann.

So probably the winner of Alves Vs Fitch ... wait ... what if Fitch wins ...

SocraticMethod- July 28, 2010 at 10:55 am
If the winner of Shields/Kampmann isn't next in line, then who is? The Fitch/Alves winner? GSP already dominated both of them. Did we learn nothing from having Fedor fight Werdum before Overeem? Shields can be built up as a former Elite XC and Strikeforce champ, the clearly the best non-UFC WW for the past several years, the guy who just put on a clinic outwrestling and beating Hendo - to make a very sellable fight with GSP. Sure, it's not like Fedor coming over as Pride champ to fight prime Arlovski, but it's better than any other options I see for GSP at WW right now.

And did this really say Hardy is more well-rounded than Kampmann?

I feel like maybe this was satire and I just didn't get it?
Stak40- July 28, 2010 at 10:37 am
I say fuck it and give him a title shot. GSP has beat damn near everybody else. I rather watch GSP fight a pretty good new comer than someone he has already humped to a decision.
LET IT RAIN- July 28, 2010 at 10:36 am
Shields puts Kampmann to sleep via fight reels.
jgrant- July 28, 2010 at 10:35 am
I'd like to see the UFC pit him against a more well-rounded guy like Dan Hardy or Jon Fitch before he steps up to GSP.

Ummm really? Dan Hardy and Jon Fitch are well-rounded now? Well I guess having the flexibility not to have your arm ripped off by GSP gives Hardy good grappling...and I guess almost getting his block knocked off by Mike Pierce gives Fitch good stand-up...

Oh wait no it doesn't. They're both less well-rounded than Kampmann.