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("Thank you for your opening statement, Mr. Miller. Mr. Diaz and Mr. Shields now have 30 seconds to present their rebuttal." PicProps:

Even after a panel of world renowned experts weighed in last week to unanimously declare that Jake Shields still needs to prove himself worthy in the UFC’s 170-pound division, the company is not wavering in its plans to shoehorn him into a title shot against the winner of next month’s Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck scrap. Shields now even says he’ll be cageside at UFC 124 in Montreal, pretty much ensuring that the UFC will tempt fate by having the Cesar Gracie jiu jitsu fighter enter the Octagon to confront the victor.

We all know what happened the last time the former Strikeforce middleweight champ was involved in a postfight altercation inside a cage. Bad things, man. Fortunately, if Shields decides to engage in a company-sponsored mean-mug competition after UFC 124 it will at least be at an event run by professionals, so the possibility of an encore performance of “Strikeforce: Nashville” is pretty slim. Especially since all parties involved will no doubt get a stern “Be cool, motherfuckers,” speech from Dana White prior to the show. Still, Shields was already teasing a heel turn during his recent interview with MMA Weekly …

“I definitely plan on going up to Montreal and watching to see who I’m fighting. Maybe I’ll pull a Koscheck and bash their hockey team or something like that,” Shields said (actually “joked” was the word Weekly used). “There’s a possibility of me fighting (St. Pierre) in Toronto in that big 50,000 seat arena or whatever it is. You might as well make them hate you like Koscheck’s done.”

Indeed, nothing like a little prepared material about a city’s local sports franchises to get them up in arms. Unless Koscheck wins, of course. Then Shields suddenly likely becomes the fan favorite in all of this. That’s not stopping everyone involved from pretty much proceeding as if this one’s in the bag for the hometown champion, however. Weekly, for instance, ran this latest news under the headline: “Jake Shields Happy to Face GSP in Toronto,” as if it’s already a done deal.

Shields himself gives “a slight edge” to St. Pierre against Koscheck in the five-round rematch of the two fighters’ three-rounder at UFC 74. Also, he says he would rather fight St. Pierre because he likes Koscheck better. Now that’s a switch.  

“I would definitely rather fight GSP,” Shields said. “One, he’s the bigger name, the bigger star, and it’s a guy I’ve wanted to fight for a while. Two, I don’t really want to fight Josh. I’ve been training with him forever, I mean I’ll definitely fight him because it’s business, but fighting against your sparring partners is kind of weird to me. Not that I won’t do it, (it’s) just not something I’m really stoked to do.”

As you know, we ribbed Shields a little bit last week for stating the obvious in saying he “didn’t think he would’ve won” if he’d been facing GSP in his recent UFC debut, instead of Martin Kampmann. He hasn’t even threatened us via Facebook about it yet, so we consider that a win-win for everyone. Anyway, in Weekly’s latest effort, it includes some quotes from Shields that make him appear far more down-to-earth about his showing at UFC 121. We feel it’s only fair to pass those along as well:

“After that fight I knew I put on such a poor performance, I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if (White) said either (Jon) Fitch or (Carlos) Condit or something for the title shot,” Shields said. “I wouldn’t have blamed him at all because I was so mad at myself for putting on such a bad performance … (but) even though this wasn’t the best performance, I honestly do still feel I deserve a title shot, on a 15-fight winning streak, over some pretty decent opponents.”

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Anhonestmoose- November 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm
You're probably ok with the ambien investment, unless prices suddenly skyrocket to $50 a pop.
Clyde- November 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm
The comments here are the most interesting things ever written about Jake Shields. Personally, I don't think it will be a boring fight, I think GSP can make this into an interesting fight.

But Shields definitely needs face someone else before he gets a title shot. I was thinking Fitch but he's taken, so maybe the loser of GSP v. Koscheck. So... probably Kos then.

Can't really see it all kicking off if Shields steps in to the octagon and trash talks GSP, Canadians are too polite for that sort of thing. Also, I hope that George informs Shields that he was not impressed by his performance.
djp1988- November 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm
This picture is a lot less epic knowing that Shields punches like a toddler.
Fedor Penn- November 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Good point on the Kampmann fight. I Just worded my post wrong. I meant to say people being disappointed in Shield's performance, which was boring and caused no damage as usual.
Smitty- November 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm
What about the bitchassness of the guy pushing Mayhem toward the punches? Some friend.
ccman- November 1, 2010 at 11:42 am
@Fedor - it was disappointing because Kampman won and yet we will still be subjected to another Sheilds fight.

reasons to like Sheilds - his leaving SF while holding the belt is one big nail in Cokers Coffin

Reasons not to like Sheilds - he now invades UFC broadcasts,
Give Nick the Prick another reason to bong out at UFC shows,
Gives Ceasar 'i'm the lowest Gracie' Gracie and his insanity and pretending he does not train inmates a bigger voice.
Remnoves any reason to take Ambien... and dammit i bought stock
Fedor Penn- November 1, 2010 at 11:26 am
Refer to next post.
Fedor Penn- November 1, 2010 at 11:24 am
I don't see how his Kampann fight is disappointing to Shields or anyone else. It's exactly what he does every fight, by now we as fans should know this and expect it. I don't want to see this guy fight anybody ever.
Crusader86- November 1, 2010 at 11:16 am
Gah, Shields v GSP. That'll be a bit boring in my humble opinion. I'd much rather see a Condit or damn.... I can't really even think of someone who I think would honestly have a shot at GSP. I can't imagine how someone who isn't primarily a wrestler could do it and GSP has pretty much run through all of them.
agentsmith- November 1, 2010 at 11:15 am
Shields vs Fitch would be as close to watching gay porn as I'll ever get. I'll just fast forward to the moneyshot judges decision, thanks.
BryanF- November 1, 2010 at 11:14 am
I just realized that the pokemon reference didn't make any sense. How could something boring (Shields vs Fitch) wake up a wild snorlax? You'd need a pokeflute for that. I just outdorked my own dorky reference....forever alone...

For those wondering, here was the original reference:

"I use Jake Shields fights to wake up wild Snorlaxes."


agentsmith- November 1, 2010 at 11:08 am
@ BryanF:

That may very well be the nerdiest reference ever made on this site, and that's saying something. Stand proud, Sir Dorkfellow!

EDIT: Never mind, your nerd prize is hereby revoked for your deletion of your Pokemon reference. Dork.
BryanF- November 1, 2010 at 11:05 am
Anyone else hoping for the Fitch-Shields super humpfest trilogy to get started?
steampunk22- November 1, 2010 at 11:03 am
^^Good point.

An extra 5000 is one thing, but an extra 30,000 is another.
Videodrome_NOW- November 1, 2010 at 11:02 am
What does Shields(or anyone for that matter) think he's going do against GSP? The only person of interest in the division, for me, is Chris Lytle. Tough as fuck, will not put on a boring performance and might be the one guy who could actually pull off a realistic upset. Fitch and Kos both act like neither one of then ever fought St. Pierre and continue to claim their superiority. Total wangs. I would like to see Condit fight Fitch next and Diego fight Kos again after he gets smoked. Give Lytle a shot to earn a legitimate contender seat by fighting Shields or Fitch as well.
agentsmith- November 1, 2010 at 11:02 am
"There’s a possibility of me fighting (St. Pierre) in Toronto in that big 50,000 seat arena or whatever it is."

FYI, the Air Canada Centre is the arena here in Toronto, and holds just under 20,000. The Rogers Centre (aka SkyDome) is the football stadium which holds up to 50,000+.

The only two times in UFC history that the attendance has cracked 20,000 was the two events in Montreal. The only other time they've even come close was 19,000 at UFC 68.

Given that, it's a safe bet that they'd sell out the Air Canada Centre, but I highly doubt that Dana would be foolish enough to try to make the leap to a venue as big as the SkyDome.
ccman- November 1, 2010 at 11:01 am
I seriously do not want to see him fight for any title.

Sign Miller and let him at Sheilds.

then at least we get asian school girls during the intro, I sleep after sex anyway so the fight wont bother me so much.
BryanF- November 1, 2010 at 11:00 am
i think that brawl was the most exciting display of striking Jake Shields has ever put on...
El Guapo- November 1, 2010 at 11:00 am
Anybody actually gonna pay for GSP-Shields? Pros: Title's at stake, superfight implications if GSP wins, one of the best P4P in action. Cons: Zzzzzzzzzz

Verdict: Who's got a stream??
lord tunderin jasus- November 1, 2010 at 10:53 am
Kampmann was completely robbed in his fight against Sheilds. Can't wait for GSP or Koscheck to run over him. He's a second class joke. Mark my words, he'll be tossed aside like all the other names once their money is used up.
steampunk22- November 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

I like his statement at the end though, I mean, its a valid point. Maynard and Edgar aren't exactly finishers, they've earned title shots off of long and boring win streaks. Shields fights all happened outside of the UFC obviously, but his collection of wins is longer (and more boring!) so I think its fair for him to still feel he deserves the shot.

That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing him fight Condit or someone first. Anyone but Fitch.....oh god, Fitch vs. may as well hire Ben Stein to do the commentary.
RwilsonR- November 1, 2010 at 10:46 am
Very big of Shields to be so honest about his boring performance against Kampmann.

Now how does he explain all of his other fights...?
Canadian Chronic- November 1, 2010 at 10:41 am
This photo is my new screensaver!!! Wish I could be there, all lined up like the boys are, then BAM BAM BAM! Three simultaneously thrown punches(sucker or not who cares, its fuckin Lookitme lookatme miller). Fuck that wouldve been glorious!