Shields entered his clash with Kampmann with fourteen consecutive wins behind him and a much-anticipated outing against divisional king Georges St-Pierre on the line. Kampmann, a fine grappler in his own right with solid striking, gave Shields all he could handle in the bout and nearly welcomed his opponent to the Octagon by handing him a loss in his debut. Still, Shields’ takedowns and top control came through again, and he found a way to narrowly beat “The Hitman”. Shields would go on to face GSP at UFC 129 to help draw what still stands as the largest MMA crowd in North American history.
In less than a week UFC welterweight Jake Shields will head into hostile territory in hopes of taking out fellow submission-specialist Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 29. Though Maia is a gifted grappler and the Brazilian crowd will be heavily biased in his favor, fans shouldn’t expect Shields to be fazed in the least bit based on the number of marquee match-ups he’s encountered in his career. And, as his record shows, the former Strikeforce champion tends to come out on top more often than not regardless of the situation. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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