UFC welterweight Jake Shields appeared recently on MMJunkie Radio, and discussed his upcoming fight with Hector Lombard at UFC 171, live on PPV March 15. Shields, 35, plans to tap Lombard, earning a title shot in the process.
“I’ve gotta be close,” said Shields, as transcribed by MMAJunkie. “I’m on a good win streak right now, and I want to go out there put Hector away and hopefully finish, which isn’t an easy task. I would be the first guy to do it and get a title shot.”
“I want to take him down, go for a submission, heavy ground and pound. I think if I can finish him, I can probably get a title shot. So I need to go out there and push as hard as I possibly can.
“Hector’s a guy you can’t go in and push too fast; you don’t want to go in and start trading with him, because in my mind, he’s quite possibly the hardest hitter in the 170-pound division.”
Lombard had previously appeared on MMAJunkie Radio, called Shields boring, and said he would knock him out.
“Guys will say whatever, like, ‘It’s going to be an easy fight,’ but when you’re fighting someone at the top level, we all know that it’s not going to be an easy fight. I don’t think Hector’s going to be an easy fight. I’d be stupid to say that. I could pretend in this interview and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to walk right through him,’ but Hector’s a beast, man.
“I know that, he knows I’m tough, and we’ve both got to be at the top of our game that night."
“I can’t go out and lose to Hector and ask for more money, so I’ve got to take it one step at a time. I’ve got a beast standing in front of me next week.”