Jake Shields Meets Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144

November 14, 2011
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Jake Shields will travel to Japan for his next fight as he faces former middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144.

UFC officials announced the new bout on Monday.

After spending years in several other organizations, including Strikeforce, Shields finally made his move over the UFC last year. Shields earned a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre after his first win in the Octagon, but came up short in his bid to beat the long-reigning titleholder.

Shields came back in September, attempting to get back on a winning track, but ran into a buzzsaw named Jake Ellenberger. Now the former Strikeforce champion will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses. He’ll travel to Japan to look for the win.

Dropping down to 170 pounds is something Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama has been told to do for years, but following three straight losses in the Octagon he finally decided to make the move.

Akiyama has already made a test cut to welterweight, and knows that to secure his place in the UFC he needs a win in his native Japan.

The bout between Shields and Akiyama is the latest addition to the card after the main event bout between Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson was announced over the weekend.

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  • judo johnson

    i like this fight for jake, he should be able to pull this one off, jake needs to finish this fight big time

    • wonggfan

      I disagree. Jake Shields is a huge question mark at this point. I could see Shields getting knocked out again.

      • Black Belt

        Well, if wonggFAG disagrees then it must be wrong. He is the supreme being of MMA…douche!

  • I like the matchup and I hope UFC’s return in Japan has a sick card, but why is Akiyama still in the UFC?? He’s a good fighter, but I’ve seen other fighters get cut for similar poor performances. Sure he is exciting and the UFC is always trying to have international talent, but come on!! Keep it equal for everyone!!!

    • wonggfan

      It’s because it’s the UFC and NOT WAMMA.

      As a for-profit organization, UFC is concerned with profit maximization. The UFC currently has only a handful of Japanese fighters (and UK fighters) that are decent enough to fight in the UFC (although not top 10). UFC needs Akiyama (who also happens to be ethnic Korean) to enter the Japanese market, particularly because Japanese fighters and fans have tendency to support their domestic organizations.

      Same reason why Dan Hardy is still in the UFC.

      Now if there were a professional association, Akiyama would not be in the top league.

      But guess what? *drum roll* Without the UFC and Dana, we wouldn’t even have the sport of MMA! So your opinion doesn’t count. :p

      • RonnieV

        Excited to see Shields fight again, he fought Elleneberger under tough circumstances. He needs to get back to where he was when he beat Hendo. Don’t know much about Akiyama.

      • Black Belt

        LOL at wonggfag analyzing everything about the sport like he is an expert. What an egotistical jackass!

        • wonggfan

          You are aware that for the last week or so you’ve been stalking me on this site.

          You are fucking creepy dude.

          • Black Belt

            No, I am giving you what YOU GIVE OTHERS! I will continue to “stalk” you, because you are a loser that nobody likes. We know mommy is impressed with your supposed MMA intelligence, but we all hate you!

  • This should be a walk in the park for Jake, he’s a bad match-up for Akiyama. Doesn’t make things any easier that this fight is taking place at 170lbs.

    I expect Gomi, Kid and Omigawa to be announced for this card as well. Okami as well maybe. Rematch between Shogun and Rampage would be a good one to throw on this card as well but that fight happening all depends on the outcome of Rua’s fight against Henderson next weekend. I think Shogun – Rampage only happens if Rua loses.

  • judo johnson

    Akiyama is a bad ass, i think he is past his prime, i can see jake come out and look for the takedown, if he gets it he might win, i would like to see jake get a win. then see jake vs jake 2

  • phrankthetank

    People are forgetting that akiyama is a world class judoka. Not the easiest person in the world to take down. Not to mention he likes to bang and has a very solid chin. This could be a very good fight.

  • soboc1

    Shields hasn’t impressed me at all since coming to UFC. Even his performance against Kampmann was mediocre.

    • RonnieV

      Check out his record, he has some impressive wins over the past five years. Henderson, Okami, Condit, Daley, Mayhem, and Kampmann all look good on his resume.

      • wonggfan

        Yeah but he took a ton of punishment in all those fights.

        The Kampmann fight was shit. Shields was happy to have gone to distance with GSP.

        I guess Shields’s last fight was under tough circumstances. But I just don’t see him lasting any longer in MMA. He looks punch drunk and wobbly..Maybe it’s because his striking is awkward..maybe not…But he needs to step up his game.

        • Black Belt

          LOL at wonggFAG thinking he is a trainer now. When will it end, wonggfag? You are just a real genius, aren’t you?? Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

        • RonnieV

          Wonggfan, Shields did pretty well against GSP. GSP won 3 rounds, but he absorbed most the damage. Shields dominated Henderson two fights before that. I didn’t see the Kampmann fight, but I heard it was controversial.

          • phrankthetank

            Shields lost every round of the Gsp fight. That was cracked out judging. he did better in the later rounds because Gsp couldn’t see out of one eye. You close one eye and have someone throw punches at you. I think shields lost his debut too. He was just slick and covered getting dropped by knees with going for takedowns

  • jesusdidnt.tap

    Jake shields now has a glass jaw. Complements of Jake ellenberger

    • wonggfan

      I don’t think Jake always had a glass jaw. I think he had an iron jaw. But like Nog, he took some serious punishment over the year.

      His stand-up looks wobby…kinda punch drunk.

      • Black Belt

        Another ignorant, oops, college educated comment by wonggfag!