Jake Shields vs. Nick Diaz? No Way, Blood is Thicker Than Water or Gold

April 18, 2011
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Jake Shields and Nick Diaz

Jake Shields and Nick Diaz

Now that the UFC and Strikeforce are under the same ownership, the talk of super fights to merge titles somewhere down the road simply can’t be avoided.

As much as UFC president Dana White says everything is “business as usual,” no one can help but think about match-ups like dueling lightweight champions Gilbert Melendez and Frankie Edgar fighting it out to declare the world’s No. 1 155-pounder.

One fight that fans can cross off their “super fight” agenda right now is a welterweight bout between Nick Diaz and Jake Shields. As a matter of fact, you can scratch that fight from ever happening at any weight class.

The subject of teammate vs. teammate in the camp where Shields and Diaz train just doesn’t come up. Now understand, if Shields wins at UFC 129, he will become the UFC welterweight champion, while his good friend and teammate Diaz holds the belt in Strikeforce.

They won’t make problems for their bosses if they propose a fight between the two champions, one of them will just leave the weight class.

“Me and Nick aren’t going to fight if the belts merge,” Shields said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “We’ll avoid each other. I’ll move up or he’ll move up, just like what we did in Strikeforce.”

Shields was the most dominant welterweight and EliteXC champion when that promotion was bought up by Strikeforce, but as opposed to dealing with a potential fight with Diaz, he moved up to 185 pounds.

It didn’t turn out too bad for him either. Shields went on to dominate Robbie Lawler, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and Dan Henderson, becoming the Strikeforce middleweight champion in the process.

If the situation is ever brought up again, Shields won’t make trouble. There will be no debate. There will be no situation like the current one between former teammates Rashad Evans and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

“I’m not one to sit there and stir up trouble and be like ‘I’m not going to fight,’ but we’ll find ways around it. One of us will drop down or up, we’ll avoid each other,” Shields said.

“Obviously we’re not going to deadlock a weight (class), we’re the two best guys and just sit around. We’ll find away to avoid it.”

Diaz may have already found a new way to keep himself busy and it has nothing to do with defending his welterweight belt in Strikeforce or fighting in the UFC. He’s taken up the charge to try his hand at professional boxing and may debut against an opponent later this year.

Unlike other teammate situations, Shields and Diaz believe that their situation is more like family, and blood really is thicker that water, or in this case, even gold.

“That was the case in Strikeforce, we were both at 170,” Shields said. “That’s why I decided to jump up to 85. I’d be willing to jump up again if that’s the situation.

To hear the entire interview with UFC 129 main event fighter Jake Shields, tune into MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.


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  • illeeturbabys

    thats pretty unprofessional to not fight just cause your teamates, its not a team sport, maybe if diaz didnt take everything so seriously and leanrd how to fight while keeping his lil “thug” emotions in check, then maybe he wouldnt have a problem bein a pro….and giving everyone whos deserves a shot ther shot…no matter who…

  • illeeturbabys

    its like eli manning sayin he wont play the colts in the superbowl cuz paytons there QB….its ridiculous….

  • daviddowell

    yeah i think they should be made to fight a this level its about the fans,if they wont the job and wont to get paid then they fight the fights the fans wont to see.

  • G Logan

    It comes down to the fighters to choose who or who they won’t fight. You have to put yourselves in their shoes… er…gloves. Peyton and Eli don’t eat, sleep, and train together and you won’t see the Manning brothers punching each other in the face either. So, since their are numerous camps and gyms that many top fighters train in together, it really is a “family” for many of them and this situation is bound to come up more than once or twice. So as much as I’d also like to see a Diaz/Shields fight, or a Koscheck/Fitch fight, the decision is theirs to make and we should honor it. Besides, if they did end up fighting each other, they’d likely pull punches and lay on each other anyway making a boring fight. You really have to go in to the ring with bad intentions for each other to want to really hurt the guy on the other side of the ring.

  • BigGuy

    They are like 2 girls! Be a man and fight for pride, competition, or money (like dip-shit Diaz says he does). I would like to know who the best in the world is, regardless of who I have to fight. It’s not personal, it’s called BUSINESS!!!

    By the way…Has Shields beaten GSP yet? NO! I doubt we will even need to have this discussion after that fight is over! And, if GSP wins, Diaz the bitch will not want any part of GSP.

  • Kuch

    This is a decision each fighter has to make, and fans should support their decisions even if it means we miss out on a fight. Having said that, those fighters who choose not to fight someone because they train with them have to also accept that they will lose out on a potentially big payday because of their decision and perhaps also fall out of favor with the promoter. It’s a free country, but business is business.

  • illeeturbabys

    bullshit, its not a team sport and if ur not willin to fight with who u train with u dont deserve to keep them from a title shot, its like tito ortiz keeping chuck from the belt all over agen…diaz is threatend by shield cuz he knows many of the holes in his game…and hell expose them if he can…

  • ShockednAwed

    I agree with BigGuy’s second bit… the whole “I’m too scared of my teammate to fight him, so I’ll play the ‘family’ card” has been done-to-death now, rendering this a non-issue.

    If Shields pulls off a major upset – and I think it would be nearly on-parr with Serra beating GSP if Shields does win – then we can start talking about which one eats it and drops a strap. Until then, it’s a waste of time, and just inflates their egos.

  • shereko

    I understand what their thoughts are on it, and you don’t want to cause injury to your close friend, with that being said, it would more than likely be some what tamed down, so it would turn into a submission fight like an abu dhabi jui jitsu tournament so why even test them, offer the fight to the champ at the time whoever that is and the champ shouldn’t get the opportunity to turn down fights, and if the challenger turns it down he won’t ever get a shot in that weight class again, no matter who the champion is.

    Also, the Overeems have stated if they would meet in a tournament like the Grand Prix, they would have no problem fighting each other… and they are true brothers so I don’t think Shields/Diaz have much of a ground, same with Koscheck/Fitch… but its their choice, its their livelyhood its their money.

  • br0knhalo

    MMAWeekly Staff: This is yet another article where you refer to a fight being a SuperFight when it is not even close. Another article you coined as a superfight was Dan Henderson vs. Fedor. Please, don’t call these “regular fights” superfights. Call it a title fight. Call it an interesting fight. Call it a catch-weight fight. Call it a fight people may want to see, but don’t be throwing superfight out there so often, its clearly not even close.

    GSP / Silva = Super Fight
    Silva / Jones = Super Fight
    Aldo vs Edgar = Super Fight
    Velasquez / SF HW Champ = Unification Fight. Not a Super Fight.

    • saywhat

      Dude, are you freakin nuts ?? oh, okay … Velasquez – Overeem is not a superfight ? oh, okay …. and Hendo-Fedor is anything but a “regular fight” ….