Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog news editor Mike Whitman.
With Jake Shields officially a free agent following his UFC release, Breen and Whitman discuss on Shields' surprisingly effective, accomplished runs in Shooto, Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC, Strikeforce and the UFC. The pair contemplate Shields' notoriously low-action style, his ubiquity on major MMA cards and in high-profile main events in spite of his reputation as a boring fighter and the other unique characteristics that make the standout grappler one of the most difficult-to-summarize fighters in the sport.
Breen and Whitman also look at what fights might be in Shields' future, the likelihood of a rematch with Yushin Okami in World Series of Fighting, how Shields stacks up as an top-five all-time welterweight, whether or not he's got a better career resume than his Cesar Gracie cohort Nick Diaz and more.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
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