Jake Shields got the taste of two straight defeats out of his mouth by earning a decision victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama Saturday night at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. Shields lost to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Jake Ellenberger, put used his striking and three big takedowns to defeat Akiyama.
Early in the bout, Shields was unable to get Akiyama to the ground. Instead, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion peppered Akiyama with quick, effective strikes.
“I wasn’t really surprised (that I couldn’t take him down) because no one has really been able to in the UFC,” Shields said. “I knew he was that good even though he was coming off a couple losses.”
Shields landed 120 strikes to 58 by Akiyama, nearly locking in a rear-naked choke. Akiyama looked to grab the fence twice while Shields tried for the takedown, but no deduction was issued by the referee.
“I had one thought in my mind (going into the third), and that was to finish the fight,” Shields said.