In 2010 Jake Shields beat Dan Henderson for the Strikeforce Lightheavyweight belt, moved to the UFC, and then lost an unexpectedly close split decision over Martin Kampmann. Very shortly there after, Jake Ellenberger starting angling for a matchup with Shields, via Twitter:
hey ms. piggy (aka Jake Shields) if u swing ur purse at me like that, i'll rub your face in the mat like the puppy that missed the newspaper
Jake Shields, your as exciting as watching a bowl of mashed potatoes get cold..Your days are numbered..
Jake Shields cardio won't be a factor if he fights me next. i won't keep him around long to get tired...
...It's only a matter of time. Fake Shields is a fraud. Excuse me, Miss Piggy is a fraud.
Shields' response? Verbal Jiu-Jitsu.
"I don't really know who the guy is," Shields told MMAjunkie.com com Radio. "That's my statement. I have no opinion of the guy yet. I guess I don't even know if I don't like him or not. I just hear he keeps talking crap. I don't know. I'm not sure why because I don't even know who he is."
"I'm not saying he's not a good fighter. I just find it kind of amusing. This guy apparently has some kind of beef with me for some reason. Maybe I stole one of his girlfriends or something."
"I wanted B.J. Penn or Jon Fitch. Carlos Condit. I wanted one of the names people know. But you know, when the UFC calls and asks me to fight someone, I'm not someone who's going to avoid it, so I said, 'Sure, I'll take the fight.'
"I think I need to go out there and make a statement with Ellenberger. Obviously, my goal is to get that title, but I'm not really worried about that too much right now. I need to focus on Ellenberger and make a statement – show that I have made big improvements from the last fight to this."
"I'm sure I'll need at least one more (win), but I'm doing a ton of boxing right now, a ton of kickboxing, trying to fill in the holes. You look back at a fight like (GSP), and it sucks losing, but you look at it and think, 'What could I have done different so that I could have won?' I'm working on all those aspects, and I'm going to come back at him."
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Jake Shields fights Jake Ellenberger at "UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger," Sept. 17 in New Orleans, LA.
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