When the match-up was first announced, it seemed Shields had little if any chance of winning considering Henderson’s past success against foes like Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, Renato Sobral, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Of course, there’s a reason fights actually unfold instead of paperwork producing the victor, and Shields shocked the world by overcoming an early assault to ultimately outpoint Henderson, taking the seasoned wrestler down with relative ease and peppered with punches from above. Like so many of Shields’ successes, the outcome wasn’t pretty but he still exited the affair with his hand hoisted in the air.
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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