There is no chance in hell that Jake Shields will ever be in a "good position" in the UFC's welterweight division again.
Shields is a pretty tough match up for Maia. If there is one guy in the WW division that has better submission grappling then him it would be Shields. Shields' also has underrated takedown defense. I think this fight turns into a boring kick boxing match and Shields does just enough to earn a decision. We will all bitch and moan about it the next day but the record will state Shields beat Maia.
But no, Shields would have to tear it up for a bit to get a title shot. A win over Maia will not be enough for him.
Dude, Iím a wrestler. Iím the best wrestler in MMA. Wrestling IS, was and always has been the most dominate form of mix martial art on the planet. Thatís all there is to it. We all know it, some people want to fight it, some people want doubt it but wresters rule the MMA world. -
Shields goes from "he can beat GSP" to "he can't even beat Maia"
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I think this will be a stand up match as the ground may be too dangerous for either of them. Maia is much looser on his feet than Shields who may be the stiffest fighter in MMA history. If it does turn into a kickboxing match, Maia wins. If it goes to the ground, Shields has a better chance but I still think Maia wins.
"He ainít got to worry about retiring. When they get through with his ass, he will be retired. He will be retired fucking with them motherfuckers. They would love to fight him. This ainít no fucking boxing; ainít none of these motherfuckers scared of his ass"
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