UFC welterweight Jake Shields picked up a win over the weekend at UFC 161 though not necessarily in the most aesthetically pleasing manner. The victory came as a result of Split Decision over Tyron Woodley in a bout many onlookers, including UFC President Dana White, felt Shields had lost. However, regardless of any controversy, Shields walked away with his hand raised even if he didn’t live up to others’ expectations (or his own for that matter).
“I really wanted to go out there and prove something. I really wanted to go out there and beat Tyron up,” said Shields in an interview with MMAFighting. “I was little bummed out I didn’t get the takedown. I worked on a really, really aggressive ground game for the fight. I was trying to change my ground style up to just finish, finish, but I just couldn’t get it there.”
With the successful showing behind him, Shields is looking ahead to future foes and already has a few ideas in mind.
“I think Tyron was ranked Top 10. Having beaten top guys like Martin Kampmann, Carlos Condit not so long ago…I would love to get in there with Rory MacDonald or Jake Ellenberger – any of the Top 5.”
Ellenberger, who knocked Shields out in 2011, is scheduled to meet MacDonald next month at UFC on FOX 8. Whether he or MacDonald emerge as Shields’ next opponent, the former Strikeforce champion’s statement clearly indicates his interest is in a run at 170 pounds rather than middleweight.
“I think this is my best weight. When I fought 185, guys are just so big,” Shields admitted.