Now granted, Jake Shields didn’t blast his way through Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 29, and fans not up for grappling clinics may have fallen asleep, but the vet did defeat the promotion’s #4 ranked welterweight. When you factor that in, as well as Shields’ four fight undefeated streak, the reality is the former #1 contender will likely face another top welterweight next.
So who is Shields interested in fighting? Who’s only losses in his last 21 fights are to welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and the #5th ranked Jake Ellenberger? Following his latest win Wednesday, here is some of what Shields had to say about what might come next, in the post fighter presser (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I fought a top contender now,” Shields relayed. “Demian Maia was looking at a title shot. I would love GSP first off, but maybe Carlos Condit, who I already beat, or Robbie Lawler. I’m ready to fight whoever.”
As Shields alluded to, he defeated Condit way back in 2006, and when asked if might be interested in facing the winner of the UFC on FOX 9, Condit-Matt Brown fight, he stated: “I would be down for that one.”
Now, chances are the winner of that fight will be looking to face a top five welterweight next, but maybe the loser could be a possible opponent for Shields? The latter was also asked for his thoughts on his bout with Maia, which was extremely close and saw Shields emerge with a split decision win.
“I wasn’t positive (that they would give me the win),” he said. “I felt I did enough but you never want a close fight like that, especially here in Brazil.”
It will be interesting to see who the UFC hands Shields next. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.