Jake Shields: Cesar Gracie’s Is Always My Team and Always Will Be

February 14, 2012
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There have been a lot of changes lately for fighters moving to new teams or exiting their old training camps.

Michael Bisping recently left Wolfslair, Paul Daley is leaving Team Rough House, and Alistair Overeem just made the decision to work full time with the Blackzilians in Florida.

Well don’t count Jake Shields among those defecting to a new team.

The former Strikeforce middleweight champion recently did some training and work in Florida alongside the Blackzilian team during his preparation for his upcoming fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama, but he wants to make it clear that his team at Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu will always be his home team.

“Cesar Gracie’s always my team and always will be, Nick (Diaz), Nate (Diaz), Gil (Melendez), those are the guys I’ve been training with for over 10 years now, and I have no intentions of ever changing that,” Shields told MMAWeekly Radio in an interview that will air next week.

“But every now and again I just think it’s nice to switch things up for a week or two, get some different bodies and different looks, and different ideas from different gyms.”

Shields has been a nomad in the past traveling to different camps to work out and help different teams. He spent plenty of time working with the team at American Kickboxing Academy, went to Huntington Beach to help Michael Bisping prepare for his last fight at UFC on Fox, and has worked extensively with Chael Sonnen in the past as well.

For this training camp thanks to his manager Glenn Robinson at Authentic Sports Management, Shields was invited to train at the Blackzilian camp in Florida. While he only made it there for a few days, it was good to switch things up and see some fresh faces.

“I only made it out for a week, but it was good,” said Shields. “A lot of good guys out there, they’ve got Henry (Hooft) a great kickboxing trainer, so it’s good. Glenn (Robinson) is managing me and he manages most of those fighters, so it just makes a relationship with that team.”

As rumors do tend to get started however once pictures of Shields started surfacing where he was working with the upstart team, everyone started to speculate if he was leaving Team Cesar Gracie for the Blackzilians.

Shields answered that with an emphatic ‘no’.

“I have no intention of leaving. I guess there was some rumor and people were asking me about if I was switching to that team. Someone started a rumor somewhere I guess. It’s definitely not true. Yeah, my manager manages those guys and so I’m affiliated through that way, but I don’t plan on it being my team,” Shields stated.

“I might go out there from time to time to train, and get some help where I can, but my home team is definitely Cesar Gracie’s and will continue to be.”

Shields is currently finishing up his camp in California before heading to Japan for UFC 144 where he faces Yoshihiro Akiyama on the main card.


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  • pooby

    Of course he isn’t going to stay with the Blackzillians, he’s WHITE. Duh.

  • fightfankevin

    So if he loses against akiyama does he get the cut?

    • dathump

      No, he will just cry and retire, like his teammate.

      • bdono554

        If this site had a like button I’d be using it right now.

        • McFearless

          If this site had a kiss a$$ sticker, I’d be pasting it right now

  • Mario

    Jake should win his fight in Japan.

    But if he doesn’t, it’ll be devastating at this point in his career.

  • shadow11001993

    So much for the Strikeforce invasion. Seems like their top dogs aren’t doing so well in the UFC. Jake has two losses in a row. Not very good considering he was 11 years undefeated I believe. Now his buddy Diaz who everyone thought would dethrone the WW champion lost a round to a washed up LW in BJ Penn and a loss to Condit. Why do some believe he still has what it takes to beat the WW champion and arguably the best or second best MMA fighter on the planet? The hype has gone crazy.

    • RonnieV

      Broski, if I tell you what a comma is, will you tell me that Jake Shields could beat a pregnant Lion’s ass? I love Shields, but I’m too drunk to bet against you numnuts!

      • MikeMc1983

        Shadow, see this is your answer. Before everyone does their ratings, the guys from Gracie send gift baskets with “party supplies.”
        It’s amazing what a little acid on the tip of the bottle, and mushrooms in the pot can make people think. I’m guessing they have the fans because their willing to share. Everyone likes the guy who sneaks the good stuff in. ;)

    • BlackDog2009

      NOt sure what you mean, Diaz lost a decision to a guy who went in there to avoid fighting him. It’s not like Condit went in there and destroyed Diaz. Besides, Diaz retired himself (and bet that it’s going to last long).

      Diaz beat the living crap out of BJPenn.
      Rockhold beat the living crap out of Jardine.
      Lavar Johnson beat the living crap out of Beltran.
      Overeem raped Lesnar into retirement.
      Werdum just arrived from Strikeforce, made Country look like an ass.

      The question is: what qualifies like a successful ‘invasion’ in your eyes. Strikeforce guys not losing at all? everyone in MMA loses, gets caught, climb the ladder back up, etc etc.

      Keep your scores straight hater.

  • RonnieV

    BTW. WAR DIAZ

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002337774987 cedrickmartin

    Blackdog, I couldn’t have said it better! After your last comment, the jury is out!!! LoL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GaryFury garyfury

    Jake was doing very well as a middle weight fighter in strikeforce. He beat Dan Henderson for god sakes!! It was Dana’s idea that he goes to WW so he can fight GSP. His size and his style work well at 185 and that’s where he should fight. He may be able to beat anybody the UFC has at that weight except Anderson. He lost his father right before the Ellenberger fight give him a break. He’s gonna whup Akiyama and move to MW and he’s be a winning fighter again