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Jake Shields Slated for Do-or-Die Fight Against Tryon Woodley on June 15th


(Looks like T-Wood traded his lay-n-pray for some float-n-gloat. / Photo via Getty Images)

In terms of job security, Jake Shields has every strike against him right now. He’s coming off a six-month drug-suspension, his UFC appearances have been either forgettable or memorable for the wrong reasons, his official Octagon record is an uninspiring 2-2, and he’s even more expensive than Jon Fitch. It’s safe to assume that Shields will need to win his next match to avoid the axe — and according to new reports, that’s not going to be easy.

As first revealed by MMAJunkie, a welterweight bout between Shields and Tyron Woodley is being targeted for a June 15th UFC event in Canada (city/venue TBA). The fight will mark Shields’s return to the 170-pound division after his brief trip back up to middleweight at UFC 150, where he defeated Ed Herman by decision before that victory was overturned.

Like Shields, Tyron Woodley has endured “boring fighter” criticisms in the past for the way he’s used his suffocating wrestling to prevent opponents such as Paul Daley from standing and banging. But in his UFC debut earlier this month at UFC 156, Woodley showed off his tremendous knockout power, blitzing Jay Hieron in just 36 seconds. T-Wood’s previous fight against Nate Marquardt in Strikeforce was also an entertaining scrap, although it ultimately led to the first loss of Woodley’s career.

So will Shields fight any differently when it’s clear that his job is at stake? How do you see this one going down?

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HEY- March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm
die
painvelasquez- March 1, 2013 at 9:51 am
where will i go now to watch 15 minutes of non-stop lay and pray? God i hope t-wood puts da stamp on shields.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- February 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm
Fitch by decision
Ryan Meleedy- February 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm
Shields is so boring. His boxing is piss poor. That victory over Henderson was a fluke!
jcv1986- February 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm
Best of luck to shields but fuck woodly looked like beast his last fight.
KungfuJaysus- February 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Bye bye Shields.
CrazyButNotReally- February 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm
Tryon
Mr Jeff 1- February 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm
If T wood cant hit Jake in the first 30 sec, he will try to take him down, and Jake is much better on the ground. Jake by 1 rd sub rnr
Alan K- February 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Shields is exciting as long as the fight lasts under a minute and it involves the removal of his consciousness. Go take care of business, T-Wood.
rngeorgeh- February 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Terrible match-up for Jake! Woodley will probably KO him sooner than later. Hope I'm wrong, though!
mma4ever- February 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm
How do u figure he has tremenduous ko power ...its jay frikking hieron
Mr_Misanthropy- February 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm
I was going to post a comment but I became strangely lethargic an..... zzzzzzzz......
yeahaboutthat- February 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm
God I hope Shields gets cut. He's a hundred times more boring than Fitch ever was.
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