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Shields Confirms UFC Signing; Says Octagon Debut Will Be Against Kampmann at UFC 121 in October

(Look at you with your exciting style and appropriately fitting nickname. You make me sick.)

Jake Shields confirmed via his Twitter account today that he has officially signed with the UFC and said that he will indeed face Martin Kampmann in his Octagon debut at UFC 121, October 23 in his home state of California.

"UFC contract officially signed. Fighting Kampmann in CA in a few months. Thanks to @danawhite and everyone for their support," the former Strikeforce middleweight champion tweeted this afternoon.

It looks like his coveted shot at Anderson Silva will have to wait until he ploughs through the UFC’s welterweight division, leaving a pile of fighters he decisioned in his wake. That is of course, unless guys like Kampmann, Alves or even BJ Penn if he moves up as planned, can utilize their stand-up to expose Shields’ still-developing kickboxing skills.

Undefeated since 2004, Shields will be riding a 14-fight winning streak into his UFC debut against "The Hitman." Kampmann has won four of his last five fights since dropping to welterweight. His only loss in that stretch came via TKO at the hands of recent UFC cast-off Paul Daley, who Shields defeated in 2008.

The event will be anchored by a main card heavyweight championship bout between champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez.

UFC 121
October 23, 2010
Honda Center
Anaheim, California

Heavyweight Championship  
Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez

Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
*Forrest Griffin vs. TBA
*Tito Ortiz vs. TBA
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen

*not confirmed.

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WalksInTheDarkness- July 21, 2010 at 4:19 am
For a guy who's so good at stand up, how come his only losses are due to tko or ko? Basically, the guy used to stand and bang with people on the regional circuit but as soon as he moved to the higher level he picked up a heck of a lot of wins via submission or decision.

In all fairness, Paulo Thiago was a good win for him, quite possibly the best on his record but he does have a tendency to fight pretty one dimensional fighters, Volkmann, McFreidies and Condit (another guy who thinks himself something of a striker, who isn't.)

Either way, Shields is going to smother him and I'll take a 15 minute snooze and Dana White will be worried that he'll have fought hard to pick up a blanket from the competition.
ghostboner- July 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Kampmann is overrated? Especially in his striking ability? So is your name walksinthedarkness because you live in a cave?
tramadoc- July 20, 2010 at 6:55 am
Watching Jake Shields fight is like visual Valium. I swear to Christ, if he and Jon Fitch ever fought, it would be the most epic lay and pray napfest in history. They could prescribe that fight to insomniacs who don't respond to heavy medication.
WalksInTheDarkness- July 20, 2010 at 3:14 am

He also fought Paul Daley on his UFC debut and look what happened there.

Kampmann is highly overated specifically his stand up game.

If Condit wants to beat Hardy I wouldn't suggest standing with him especially in front of a partisan crowd (which will make a change) especially if it goes to decision.
ghostboner- July 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm
Scratch that. That would be exciting. Single leg followed by lethargic humping followed by more single leg followed by pillow bombs followed by more single leg followed by snuggle time followed by a stunning decision win for Jake Shiezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Apologies to the guy who came up with the Shielzzzzzz thing for totally ripping that off. And this won't be the last time.
ghostboner- July 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm
I love me some Kampmann. In a non homo way. I hope that Kampmann can keep it standing long enough to KthefuckO Jake Shielzzzzzzzzz..... I think Shielzzzzzzz...... will be getting a little cocky after coming back from the Hendo punch and he will hopefully decide to test out his new chin nuts on Kampmann. Which will be a big mistake.
mthomas- July 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Anybody else hear that BJ Penn was moving up (again)?
Dick_Gozenya- July 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Jake Shields is so boring...

....they show re-runs of his fights in Kindergarten at nap time.
danomite- July 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm
Looks like Kampmann is gonna spoil another debut for a supposed title contender. Wait, he fought Condit during condit's debut right? Yeah, he's going to beat Shields for sure. Kampmann doesn't lose unless he's fighting a guy who can punch hard enough to make Kampmann stumble around until the ref stops it.

So, if GSP beats Koscheck it will either be his last fight at welterweight or he will face Kampmann and then retire/move up/bang every chick on the planet. Heard it here first, folks.
just some dong- July 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm
UFC 121... daddy like.
Lopes- July 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm
Hardy is going to get raped by Carlos Condit.
dranokills- July 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm
I thought Dan hardy was gonna fight Kampman? or am I wrong...where did I get confused?

.........where are my glasses?
ComaPlata- July 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm
My prediction is coming true...
Almost North- July 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Jake Shields is so boring...

That he is in the running for a top five boredom inducer at Wrestleweight in the UFC.
Sabado Gigante- July 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm
For the first time in his career, Jake Shields is not going to be the most boring fighter on the card... Although "TBA" puts on exciting fights, Tito Ortiz has a gift of stifling the action, while making up for it by unleashing his trademark barrage of hyperbole-laced excuses...
nooger- July 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm
lol @ "leaving a pile of fighters he decisioned in his wake"

Almost North- July 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm
I for one applaud the move to an all-Shields format for CP.
El Guapo- July 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm
I definitely respect Shields. I was 100% sure Hendo was gonna demolish him. And he was 99.9% of the way to doing just that in the first round. So yeah, much respect to Jake for 1)surviving and 2)pitching a shutout the rest of the way en route to the decision victory. But he's so damn bor..ZZZZZZZ
TheArtof8Limbs- July 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Kampmann via submission Rd. 2

Afterwords Shields will probably face Swick...
BuckWild- July 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm
I think he will be another Fitch/gatekeeper type. Don't see his standup being as good as GSP. I don't see his tdd being good enough for GSP. But with that said he will end his win streak in the UFC for sure.
LastEmperor- July 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm
I'd like to see him beat GSP cuz I hate GSP more than I hate this jackass.

But other than that I'd love to see him get knocked out.

Meh ufc meh.
Joedirt- July 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Boring or not Shields can get shit done. He earned my respect not so much by beating Henderson, but coming back from being hurt. War Shields.
Romeo_Must_Rock- July 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm
Its always a bad idea to debut against " the Hitman " ... Shields is gonna get schooled.
Patrick- July 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Ugh...Shields via boring ass decision...god damn I hate that guy. I hope Kampmann TKO's him, but wouldn't bet on it.
Lopes- July 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm
LOL @ "still-developing kickboxing skills."