Jake Shields In Favor of GSP over Koscheck
"I would much rather take it from GSP because he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now, in my opinion. Koscheck is a phenomenal fighter, but right now it's a little more prestigious to beat GSP." ---Jake Shields
Controversial contender Jake Shields (26-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is planning to lose four pounds for his next UFC fight. He was forced to tone down into 14 pounds to make way for his fight with Martin Kampann on Saturday’s UFC 121.
“I’m certainly not happy for doing something so stupid,” Shields, who pulled off a split-decision victory, today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I embarrassed myself doing that, and I don’t plan on doing it again.”
UFC’s Dana White has something harsh to say.
“No matter how much weight he cut and whatever he did, that’s his fault,” White said. “That’s his stupidity. He’s been in the game for a long time, so I don’t like to use any of that stuff, but the reality is I do know what he did, and I know he won’t make those dumb mistakes next time.”
Meanwhile, Shields humbly made no excuses for this and accepts what UFC has for him.
“It’s up to Dana,” he said. “But I’ll do whatever. Of course, I really want that title shot … but if he decides otherwise, I’ll happily fight whoever he wants.
“I understand it wasn’t my best performance. So if he says otherwise, I won’t be angry. I’ll move forward and do what they ask me to do. But one way or another, I plan on getting that belt.”
Who’s the next title holder? We still don’t know. Welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre faces Josh Koscheck on UFC 124 this December, and who ever wins the fight faces Shields. He actually believes that GSP will own victory.
“I would much rather take it from GSP because he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now, in my opinion,” he said. “Koscheck is a phenomenal fighter, but right now it’s a little more prestigious to beat GSP.”
And in meeting the champ, Shields will double up the training and preparations.
“I think I’ll be much better off with three or four pounds less muscle and be able to use it instead of have that muscle be so tired that it’s not working,” he said.View Article Source »