Shields: I'll be able to strike with the best

by Duane Finley | source:

Working behind top-notch grappling and his “American Jiu-Jitsu,” Shields has made the canvas the last place his opponents want to find themselves. But in order to claim championship gold in the UFC, he knows it is going to take solid striking and the ability to use his standup for transitions. While that portion of his game may not be exactly where he wants it, Shields is confident everything will come together and he will become the UFC welterweight champion.

“My striking still has holes, but it has gotten a lot better,” Shields said. “I am going to continue to work and develop my skills and I believe in the next year I’ll be able to stand with the best strikers out there. I still have a little ways to go, but we have definitely made big improvements.

“I came so close to the title and fell short. Now I feel like I’m close again. I’ve beaten the current (interim) champion, Carlos Condit, and Martin Kampmann, who is a top contender right now. I know I can beat these guys, and it all depends on me working my way back up and getting my shot. I’m not sure what’s next, but hopefully the UFC will give me a contender so I can get back up where I want to be.”

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octowussy site profile image  

3/21/12 3:01 PM by octowussy

And my Mom was a stripper. Doesn't mean anybody's going to pay me to take my clothes off.

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3/21/12 2:51 PM by RandyDarsh


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3/21/12 1:52 PM by 56sav

Shields' striking is really awkward looking, I don't see him having top notch striking any time in this life. That being said I hope he does keep improving for his and the fan's sake.

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3/21/12 4:29 AM by pat barrys shorts

his thai coach is the best in the country. his standups getting better

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3/20/12 11:33 PM by AlphaMaleJP

All you have to do is look at his standup on bully beatdown. It was absolutely terrible.

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3/20/12 11:06 PM by JustPeed

I remember the picture guys photo prices were high but a bunch of us bought prints.

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3/20/12 10:53 PM by fob bob

stop it shields. its like erik dampier saying he was the 2nd best center in the league.

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3/20/12 10:48 PM by Zamiel


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3/20/12 10:32 PM by Hessian


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3/20/12 9:17 PM by Immaculata

He just has to work on his rhythm. I'm really impressed he's hasn't been KO'd yet.