Jake Shields doesn’t deserve a title shot
Why is Jake Shields still getting a shot at the welterweight title? I don’t care how difficult the weight cut was for the former Strikeforce middleweight champ (something like 20 pounds in one day), the much-vaunted grappler looked less-than-impressive in his split-decision win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 121.
More accurately, Kampmann looked really good – peppering Shields with strikes, holding him at bay, defending takedowns, avoiding damage and escaping being mounted when he was taken down, getting back to his feet – until the third round when Kampmann decided to play Shields’ game and tried to beat him on the ground. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.
So now we’re stuck with Shields vs. Georges St. Pierre. Yes, I know GSP still has Josh Koscheck ahead of him but that’s more of a formality than a fight. And then it’s Shields and GSP and that’ll be like watching two socks in a clothes dryer. I’d much rather see Shields vs. Jon Fitch, who was also promised a title shot after beating Thiago Alves but then UFC prez Dana White makes promises like he’s running for public office. Hell, I’d rather see Shields vs. Koscheck. At least Koscheck promises a bar fight – haymakers, eye pokes and groin shots.