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Fighter Scouting Report: Jake Shields


Jake Shields


6’0″ 170 lbs (Welterweight)
72″ reach, Orthodox
Jan 9, 1979


30-7-1 (1 NC) (UFC: 4-3, 1 NC)

Current Streak

1 straight wins


Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Class-A Shooto
NCAA Division II wrestler
Two-time community college wrestling All-American
Numerous international grappling medals

Championships Held

Gladiator Challenge Welterweight Champion: 2001 (no title defenses)
Shoot Pacific Rim Welterweight Champion: 2003 (no title defenses)
Shooto Welterweight Champion: 2004 (no successful title defenses)
Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Tournament Champion: 2006
EliteXC Welterweight Champion: 2008 (one successful title defense)
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion: 2009-2010 (one successful title defense)

– incredibly experienced
– has held numerous MMA championship belts
– great “American” jiu-jitsu practitioner
– has fought (and beat) many elite fighters
– has experience fighting at middleweight
– great at passing guard on the ground
– very good grappler
– strong cardio
– outstrikes his opponents
– lands a lot of takedowns
– very strong chin
– has never been submitted

– despite fighting at middleweight before, still a bit undersized (height, reach) for welterweight
– has failed a post fight drug test
– hasn’t finished a fight in over four years
– has underperformed during his UFC career
– based on his age & number of past battles, is probably on the downside of his career
– horribly inaccurate striker
– horrible takedown accuracy & defense

Jake Shields entered the UFC with a lot of hype.  Unfortunately his best years were behind him before he even stepped into the Octagon for the first time (or perhaps not – he did just beat Demian Maia).

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