After losses to Georges St. Pierre and Jake Ellenberger, Shields’ future might be on the middle weight class again, and there’re people who want him there: Eduardo Alonso, manager of the BJJ black belt Demian Maia.
“It’s a personal desire, but I guess it’d be a good fight, an interesting challenge for Demian. For his record and skills as a fighter, I’m guessing it’d be interesting”, said the manager to TATAME.
Both Jiu-Jitsu experts, Demian and Shields have always used efficiently the gentle art in MMA. While the Brazilian got eight of his 15 wins by submission, Jake forced the tappout 10 times within 26 triumphs.
“Fighting top 10 guys is always interesting”, says Alonso, explaining his “choice”. “Since he once was a champion in Strikeforce in this weight class and has great wins over top athletes like Dan Henderson, and because he likes to fight on the ground, I believe it’d be a great match-up against Demain”.
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