“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.”
Read entire article...
Related MMA gear from the UG Store