Coach: Maia wants to welcome Shields to middleweight division

by Guilherme Cruz | source:

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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AceAtGSU site profile image  

10/31/11 12:38 AM by AceAtGSU

I laughed at this for some reason, possibly the truth in it.

MMAReview site profile image  

10/30/11 10:41 PM by MMAReview

I think to anyone saying that people don't realize how high level Jake's grappling is, they don't know how high of a level Maia's is.

Carne de cavalo é o melhor site profile image  

10/30/11 10:40 PM by Carne de cavalo é o melhor

 At this point, Maia would outstrike Shields, and out grapple him. Not taking anything from Shields, but I do think Jacare in SF would have owned him as well. Maia by UD or even TKO???

JustSaying site profile image  

10/30/11 10:37 PM by JustSaying

I can see Jake grinding out a decision.  I doubt Maia would sub Jake.  People don't realize how high level Jake's grappling is.  But overall, I think the nod goes to Damian.

mmavixen site profile image  

10/30/11 10:33 PM by mmavixen

 Maia takes it.  Don't think this is a good fiht for Shields after two losses.

Blackbeltpanda site profile image  

10/30/11 9:06 PM by Blackbeltpanda

Id probably take Maia, in a close one

R0CK0 site profile image  

10/30/11 8:45 PM by R0CK0

Maia by submission, I think Shields would get cocky

JustSaying site profile image  

10/30/11 8:24 PM by JustSaying

 Like he did GSP, right?

Boofhead3 site profile image  

10/30/11 8:13 PM by Boofhead3

A rare fight that it would be sweet to see a ground war

nogblublt site profile image  

10/30/11 7:53 PM by nogblublt

Maia would outstrike Shields. But I think Jake would hold his own on the ground unless Maia starts dedicating more to bjj.