Plenty of people would argue that Woodley actually deserved the judges’ decision when he and Shields squared off earlier this year. While a case can definitely be made, Shields still walked away with the win and it couldn’t have occurred at a much better time, as the 34-year old was coming off a suspension for using a banned substance and was 1-2 in three tilts leading up to his match-up. Also worth mentioning, Shields ate a few shots including a Spinning Backfist that would have sent lots of opponents to the mat, showing he's not just slick on the ground but pretty damn tough as well.
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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