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Jake Shields

Jake Shields

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  • Name: Jake Shields
  • Professional MMA Record: 31-7-1, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: N/A
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1979.01.09
  • Last Fight: January 17, 2015 in WSOF
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $334,000 USD
  • Born: Mountain Ranch, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: San Francisco, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Jake Shields is one of the most gifted submission fighters in the world of professional mixed martial arts. A black belt under the renowned Cesar Gracie, Shields began his fighting career in 1999, running his record to a respectable 11-4-1 before putting together one of the longest and most impressive undefeated streaks in MMA history. Beginning with a win over Toby Imada in 2004, Shields went undefeated for over six years, defeating Dave "The Warrior" Menne, Yushin "Thunder" Okami, "The Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit, Paul "Semtex" Daley, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and former UFC and Pride Champion Dan "Hendo" Henderson along the way. His impressive resume includes fights for Shooto, Pancrase, Rumble on the Rock, Bodog Fight, Dynamite, EliteXC, Strikeforce, and the UFC. He has held belts in Gladiator Challenge, Shooto, Rumble on the Rock, EliteXC (twice, and Strikeforce (twice).


Though limited in his standup, Shields is one of the most powerful and dangerous submission fighters in the welterweight and middleweight divisions. While many BJJ black belts enjoy fighting from their back, Shields has combined his Jiu-Jitsu game with his amateur wrestling skills and prefers to suffocate opponents from mount before transitioning to fight-ending submission holds. He served as a grappling coach for Chuck Liddell on season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter


Shields would win a Split Decision victory over Martin "Hitman" Kampmann in his UFC debut which ended up earning him a title shot. He would come up short against Georges "Rush" St. Pierre in the title fight losing by Unanimous Decision. He would also drop a match to Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger losing in the first round and it was the first time he had been finished in over 10 years. His father and manager had passed away a few weeks prior to this fight. Shields would bounce back with back to back Unanimous Decision victories over "Sexyama" Yoshihiro Akiyama and Ed "Short Fuse" Herman. He would however announce that he tested positive for a banned substance in the Herman fight and would be suspended for 6 months and have the fight changed to a No Contest. He would come back from his suspension and win a Split Decision over Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley at UFC 161. 


Shields took on fellow grappling ace, Demian Maia, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 29. In a close but uneventful fight, Shields was able to control most of the grappling exchanges and ultimately win a split decision. He would then take on "Lightning" Hector Lombard at UFC 171. He was unable to get much going and was defeated by Unanimous Decision.

Much to the surprise of many fans, the UFC released Jake Shields on April 7th, 2014. It wouldn't be long before he was picked up as it was announced on April 17th that he signed a multi fight deal with the World Series of Fighting.  


Shields was expected to make his WSOF debut against Jon Fitch but was forced to pull out of the bout with an injury. He finally made his WSOF debut on October 11th, 2014 at World Series Of Fighting 14 in the main event slot opposite of Ryan Ford, Fortunately for Shields he was able to secure the victory via first round submission.


It has been confirmed that Shields' upcoming bout against Brian Foster at WSOF 16 shall serve as the number one contender's bout with the winner facing the winner Jon Fitch versus Rousimar Palhares.

Last updated 12.09.2014, 6:58 AM ET
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Jake Shields Welterweight Ranking History

Jake Shields MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Head
2:51 Round 1 of 3

Brian Foster
30-7-1 22-6-0

WSOF 17: Shields vs. Foster
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.01.17
Odds: -465 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 ($30K Base, $35K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#4 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
Win | Submission | Choke
4:29 Round 1 of 3

Ryan Ford
29-7-1 22-4-0

WSOF 14: Shields vs. Ford
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.10.11
Odds: -530 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.7 lbs | Referee: Kyle Cardinal
Cancelled Bout Jon Fitch WSOF 11 2014.07.05
Reason: Shields Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Hector Lombard
29-6-1 33-4-1

UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.03.15
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Don Turnage
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Demian Maia
28-6-1 18-4-0

UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.10.09
Odds: +305 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tyron Woodley
27-6-1 11-1-0

UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.06.15
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
No Contest | Decision
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ed Herman
27-6-1 19-8-0

UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.08.11
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs | Referee: Adam Martinez
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Yoshihiro Akiyama
26-6-1 13-4-1

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:53 Round 1 of 3

Jake Ellenberger
26-5-1 25-5-0

UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.09.17
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
#53 Biggest Upset of All Time
#28 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC Fight Night 25 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Georges St. Pierre
26-4-1 21-2-0

UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2011.04.30
Odds: +350 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Martin Kampmann
25-4-1 17-3-0

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.10.23
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 ($75K Base, $75K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Rage Against the Machine - Renegades of Funk
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Dan Henderson
24-4-1 25-7-0

Strikeforce: Nashville
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185

2010.04.17
Odds: +314 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 184.75 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#26 Biggest Upset of All Time
#24 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#19 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#37 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Jason Miller
23-4-1 22-6-0

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers
Main Card | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.11.07
Odds: -303 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
2:02 Round 1 of 3

Robbie Lawler
22-4-1 16-4-0

Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Main Event | Middleweight | 182 lbs

2009.06.06
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 181.75 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:47 Round 2 of 5, 8:47 Total

Paul Daley
21-4-1 18-6-2

EliteXC: Heat
Main Card | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.10.04
Odds: -520 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($40K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.75 lbs | Referee: Jorge Alonso
Win | Submission | Choke
1:03 Round 1 of 5

Nick Thompson
20-4-1 36-9-1

EliteXC: Unfinished Business
Main Card | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.07.26
Odds: -296 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 ($35K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
3:39 Round 1 of 3

Mike Pyle
19-4-1 13-4-1

EliteXC: Renegade
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.11.10
Odds: -351 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:00 Round 1 of 3

Renato Verissimo
18-4-1 7-4-0

EliteXC: Uprising
Main Card | Catchweight | 175 lbs

2007.09.15
Odds: -520 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 175.3 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Choke
2:06 Round 1 of 3

Ido Pariente
17-4-1 7-2-0

Dynamite!! USA
Preliminary Card | Welterweight

2007.06.02
Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke

Ray Steinbeiss

Costa Rica Regional

2007.02.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Steve Berger

California Regional

2006.09.09
Win | Decision | Majority

Yushin Okami

Rumble on the Rock

2006.04.21
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Carlos Condit

Rumble on the Rock

2006.04.21
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Dave Menne

Rumble on the Rock

2006.01.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Toby Imada

California Regional

2005.11.12
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Akira Kikuchi

Shooto

2004.12.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Ray Cooper

Shooto

2004.07.09
Draw

Kazuo Misaki

Pancrase

2003.11.30
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Akira Kikuchi

Shooto

2003.08.10
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Milton Vieira

Shooto

2003.05.21
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Hayato Sakurai

Shooto

2002.12.14
Loss | Decision | Majority

Ray Cooper

Hawaii Regional

2002.08.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Robert Ferguson

Gladiator Challenge

2001.11.04
Win | Submission | Choke

Jeremy Jackson

Gladiator Challenge

2001.09.09
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Tracy Hess

Gladiator Challenge

2001.04.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Randy Velarde

Gladiator Challenge

2001.02.18
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Phillip Miller

International Fighting Championship

2000.07.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Shannon Ritch

Arizona Regional

2000.05.04
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes

Marty Armendarez

International Fighting Championship

2000.03.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Brian Warren

California Regional

1999.12.11
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Paul Harrison

California Regional

1999.10.23

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