Shields: If it was GSP, I don’t think I'd have won

by Damon Martin | source: mmaweekly.com
 

“My training camp felt great. I felt like it was the best shape of my life,” Shields told MMAWeekly Radio. “I actually was going five rounds and stuff with no problem. I was in way better shape than when I fought Henderson, and then during the fight I really didn’t feel out of shape. It’s kind of weird, but it’s one of those things. I had a poor performance and still got the win instead of a loss.”

“It was horrible. After the first round I sat down and I was just completely exhausted. I was like ‘oh (expletive) ten minutes to go.’ I knew at that point I was just going to have to dig deep and keep fighting. I knew it was too important not to lose my UFC debut.”

“I’m a little embarrassed by the whole situation, but all I can do from here is move forward and learn from my mistakes, and usually when you make a big mistake you end up getting a loss off tha. I guess I made a big mistake and I was still able to get the ‘W.’”

“If I was fighting GSP that night I don’t think I would have won, to be honest,” Shields said. “I just don’t see myself beating GSP being the way I felt that night, but I also don’t feel that’s me. I feel like I can go out there and beat him still.”

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whoabro site profile image  

10/28/10 12:10 PM by whoabro

This-- I'm not the world's biggest Shields fan, but you can't ask for much more than this kind of honesty from him

grafzep site profile image  

10/28/10 10:36 AM by grafzep

A realistic assessment by a fighter is a rare thing. Kudos to Jake and it was clear to his fans that he was really feeling the pressure. UFC jitters are real even for a experienced warrior like Jake.

RIPLEY site profile image  

10/28/10 10:34 AM by RIPLEY

Off his back he's like every other genius grappler (i.e. BJ Penn). He loses on the feet and if GSP decides to take him down he'll take a lot of damage and won't get the sweep or submission. Shields is one of my favorite grapplers but I don't think he has much for GSP and if he happened to win, I don't believe he could defend the title against guys like Kos.

louden swain site profile image  

10/28/10 10:22 AM by louden swain

"Also, from round three on, good luck 'andling da riddum on da groun."LOL... Nice !

joe canada site profile image  

10/28/10 9:42 AM by joe canada

1) I for one was impressed with Shield's performance v Mayhem. Hard to smother that wriggly sob.2) Tired of hearing how Shields' ground is so much better than GSP's. So, apparently, was BJ's. And Serra's. And Mayhem's. And Karo's. I see it differently: Is Shields' defence/offence off his back better than GSP's ability to control and inflict damage from the top? BJ's wasn't, Serra's wasn't -- why would Sheilds' be? GSP's ground 'n' pound / passing game is likely enough to neutralize Shields' sweep/sub game, especially in the later rounds where sweat and fatigue will make catching GSP much more difficult. Also, from round three on, good luck 'andling da riddum on da groun.3) Fight prediction: round one = boxing + GSP pushing Shields against the fence. Takedown late in the round by GSP. Round two, the same. Round three through five takedown gnp. If a stoppage happens, amen. GSP will NOT respect Shields' ground enough to keep it standing the whole fight.

The Sultan site profile image  

10/27/10 11:06 PM by The Sultan

 Cool to hear him be honest about things.  Refreshing.

Joe_Leduc site profile image  

10/27/10 9:42 PM by Joe_Leduc

I wonder if GSP learned something watching Jake gas like that. Maybe GSP will fear cutting too much weight.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

10/27/10 9:31 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 jake is correct

ohferfuxsakes site profile image  

10/27/10 8:52 PM by ohferfuxsakes

 " Aye...Arrrgh! " - piratepirate