Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and current UFC welterweight fighter Jake Shields made his UFC debut Saturday night and fought for a chance to challenge the winner of the upcoming Georges St. Pierre-Josh Koscheck title fight for the championship belt. Reportedly cutting twenty pounds in a day to make the welterweight limit, Shields put on one of the least impressive performances of his recent career; but the drained Shields’ lackluster performance was still enough to earn a win over tough competitor Martin Kampmann, if not exactly locking up his title shot for sure. Shields recently spoke on MMAJunkie.com Radio, where he talked his embarrassment over the loss and who he wants to face more between Koscheck and St. Pierre.
“I’m certainly not happy for doing something so stupid,” Shields said of his drastic weight cut. “I embarrassed myself doing that, and I don’t plan on doing it again.”
Knowing that his performance on Saturday left much to be desired, Shields told MMAJunkie that he understands should UFC President Dana White pull his promised title shot off of the table.
“It’s up to Dana,” said Shields. “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.”
If he is still granted the much-sought-after UFC welterweight title shot, Shields expressed that he would rather take on current champ and top pound-for-pound fighter Georges St. Pierre as opposed to Koscheck (should he defeat the champion).
“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.”
The Cesar Gracie fight team member also assured that his weight-cutting troubles will be over his next time out and that he will put on a much better performance because of it.
“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.”