(“For the last time, I’m not Charlie Brenneman and I don’t have any weed for sale.”)
This morning, the UFC announced (via ESPN.com) that a welterweight contest between former title challenger Jake Shields and former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard has been booked for UFC 171: Jones vs. Teixeira. While we assumed that this matchup was just Dana White’s way of further punishing anyone and anything related to Bellator, it turns out that “Lightning” actually requested the matchup because, like the rest of us, he finds Shield’s style somewhat underwhelming:
I think he’s been so boring and me always trying for the KO, it’s going to be exciting. He’ll make it boring, or I’m going to end up knocking him out. It’s going to be one or another.
You’d think that Lombard would have already learned his lesson about calling out “boring” fighters after he fought the Jake Shields of the UFC’s middleweight division and came up short, but it appears otherwise. Let’s hope Lombard can bring the same kind of ferocity against Shields as he brought against Nate Marquardt or we’re gonna be in for a long night, folks.
Currently 3-0 1 NC in his past 4, Shields is apparently coming off a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at Fight Night 29. I say “apparently” because I have no recollection of this fight happening and neither do any of you, right? Come to think of it, I have no recollection of Shields ever fighting Tyron Woodley or Ed Herman for that matter…
…if you guys will excuse me, I’ve got some investigating to do regarding this so-called fighter name “Jake Shields.”