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PLAYERS: Jake Shields

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing.” You can walk into any locker room across the globe and you’ll hear a coach preaching that mantra to his players. Athletes are saying it to each other before taking the field. Mixed martial arts, however, is starting to make its own twist to the old adage – Winning impressively is the ONLY thing. There are plenty of fighters that win. In fact, there were 10 just last night alone at UFC Fight Night 29. But, can you put butts in seats, draw big pay-per-view (or TV) numbers and have the arena buzzing while winning in spectacular fashion? If you’re asking Jake Shields (pictured), the answers to those questions, in no particular order, are no, no and no.  Despite bumping his professional record to an impressive 29-6-1 (NC 1) by posting a split decision victory over Demia Maia, the UFC’s fourth ranked welterweight, Shields didn’t do much for himself in terms of cracking the top 10 polls or entering title talk discussions. He certainly didn’t win over any new fans with his grind-it-out W. Did he lose any fans? Probably not, because whoever was riding on his bandwagon was already well versed to his aesthetically unappealing style. Regardless, a win’s a win, right? No so much in modern day MMA. Shields can continue to stockpile victories, but the UFC won’t give him another crack at champion Georges St-Pierre with countless unanimous decisions on his resume, particular since GSP already cruised past him. So, where does Wednesday’s win leave Shields? After 37 pro fights, with 20 of them resulting in decision, you certain can’t teach the 34-year-old dog any new tricks. Is he simply a solid UFC fighter who headlines free events on Fox Sports 1 (they certainly wouldn’t let him headline a FOX show)? Another big name used to fill out the main card on a pay-per-view? Perennial gatekeeper? Before every event, UFC president Dana White tells his fighters to perform in a way so fans remember them the next day. Unfortunately for Shields, most are trying to forget what they saw last night.


Head 2 Head: Maia vs. Shields

Demian Maia, the No. 4 ranked welterweight in the UFC, has little between him and a chance to fight for the UFC championship. He'll meet one of those obstacles head-on at Wednesday's UFC Fight Night event in Barueri, Brazil, in the form of Jake Shields, who badly needs a statement win after bouncing back and forth between welterweight and middleweight. Shields is now back...

Shields: Submission win would be ideal

With both Demian Maia and Jake Shields weighing in at 171 pounds on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday night's main event is officially set to go. Following the weigh-ins, Shields spoke with Fox Sports' Heidi Androl about making the trip from the Bay Area to Sao Paulo, Brazil for this contest, and details the differences between traditional Brazilian jiu-jitsu and American jiu...

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields: Preview

Below are four featured bouts that carry the most interesting storylines from UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields. Alex Ramirez – October 8, 2013 Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao It will be up to T.J. Dillashaw to keep the streak of the Alpha Males alive. Since going under to tutelage of Duane Ludwig there has not been a hotter group of fighters in MMA. The Alpha...

‘UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields’ Complete Betting Odds

Did you forget the UFC’s hosting a show in Brazil today? Granted, there isn’t much hoopla surrounding Wednesday’s scraps, but the Gambling Gods know exactly what will get you interested in the fights. A pivotal welterweight bout between Jake Shields (pictured) and Demian Maia headlines the gig. Both are hoping a win will inch them closer to a title fight. Maia is nearly a 3...

With Leather Live Discussion: UFC Fight Night – Maia Vs. Shields

(via Getty Image) Well, that was certainly a nice little vacation from what felt like nonstop UFC action over the past several months. Of course, it’s also great to have it back now and I would like to tell Dana White and everyone at the UFC to stop making me wait two weeks for punching and kicking, and especially Brittney Palmer. Thank you for considering my mature and well-thought...

Jake Shields Discusses His Win Over Demian Maia

 Check out the video below where Jake Shields (29–6–1 (1nc), pictured left) discusses his split decision victory over Demian Maia (18–5) at last nights UFC Fight Night 29 event from the Ginásio José Corrêa in Barueri, Brazil.  

Behind the scenes in Barueri

Before facing off in the cage on Wednesday, main event combatants Demian Maia and Jake Shields took part in a Q&A session Sunday in Sao Paulo, hosted by the lovely and talent Paula Sack of UFC Brazil. In addition to getting a chance to ask questions of the welterweight duo set to headline the latest Ultimate Fight Night event to land in Brazil, fans were also able to get up...

UFC Fight Night 29 Was Very Upsetting

“UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields” didn’t garner much hoopla on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t because the show didn’t offer its fair share of surprises. In fact, half of the results were downright upsetting. No, I’m not referring to Jake Shields going into hostile territory to take a controversial split decision win over Demian Maia (pictured) in his homeland of Brazil...

UFC Fight Night 29 In Review

 UFC Fight Night 29 went down last night at the Ginásio José Corrêa in Barueri, Brazil where BJJ specialists Demian Maia and Jake Shields battled it out in the main event. Read on for our quick review of the event.Welterweight Bout – Jake Shields vs Demian Maia It was Jake Shields who got the split decision victory after a closely contested five rounds with the fight swinging...

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields Results

  Main card (Fox Sports 1) Weight class Method Round Time Notes Welterweight Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields Welterweight Erick Silva vs. Dong Hyun Kim Catchweight (208 lbs) Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill Light Heavyweight Fabio Maldonado vs. Joey Beltran Welterweight Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce Bantamweight Raphael Assunção vs. T.J. Dillashaw Preliminary card (Fox […]

Maia eyes title shot with victory

Wednesday night in Barueri, Brazil, Demian Maia will look to extend his current winning streak to four with a victory over former title challenger Jake Shields, as the duo headlines the latest UFC Fight Night event on Fox Sports 1. Though focused on the task at hand, the talented submission specialist has his sights set on a bigger prize should he emerge with a fourth consecutive...
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