(It’s all about the hair.)
The TAGG Radio Network did an interview with Jake Shields this week, where the EliteXC welterweight made some pretty bold statements. Shields is certainly one of the most exciting up-and-coming fighters in action today and soon he just might add a 170-pound title to go with his impressive 20-4-1 record. Shields faces former UFC-er Drew Fickett and his 31-5 record on March 29th at the Strikeforce/EliteXC event.
Remember that whole “one game at a time” shit that coaches are always preaching to their players so they won’t overlook their current opponent? Apparently Jake Shields doesn’t buy into that. And the fighter he has his eye on happens to be one of the legends in the sport: Frank Shamrock.
Shamrock is headlining the March 29th event and will put his Strikeforce middleweight title on the line against Cung Le.
TAGG provided the following for MMA Junkie:
“I would do that tomorrow,” Shields said regarding the match-up with Shamrock. “In fact, when there was that whole Baroni thing going on, I actually got a phone call asking me if Baroni didn’t come through would I be willing to take that fight. It was about four days before the fight, and I said I would take it… I was willing to step up on four days’ notice and fight him.”
The report says Shamrock would possibly be interested in the fight, but would want Jake to go up to middleweight. Shields says, “Fine, Bee-otches!” – in so many words.
“Without even thinking twice, I would fight Shamrock at 185,” Shields said. “I’ll fight him at 200 lbs. I’ll fight him any day, any weight.”
Well, 200 lbs, let’s not go loco here. Jake, you’re a good fighter. You’re only 29. You’re going to be around for a long time. But we’re not really sure Frank Shamrock is someone you should be calling out. You’ve got some flaws in your game – like being a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu guy who let’s a whole lot of fights go to decision – that a fighter like Frank Shamrock knows how to exploit. Sure, it’s a fight we’d like to see because Shields and Shamrock are both exciting to watch. Just maybe Jake should turn it down a notch.
Shields does get around to briefly discuss his match-up at hand, the fight with Fickett, and he feels great about his chances for a W. And Jake’s going to “try to make an example out of him.” Rest assured, Frank Shamrock will be watching.