Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Full Fight Video

UFC 144 took place Saturday, February 25, in Tokyo, Japan. The card featured a welterweight fight between Jake Shields and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Shields had been struggling since his inception into the UFC, losing back to back matches against Jake Ellenberger and Georges St. Pierre. His only victory was a fight that went the distance against Martin Kampmann.

Akiyama was struggling in his UFC career as well. He had just dropped down to welterweight to face Shields, and had lost 3 straight matches as a middleweight to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping, and Vitor Belfort. Now it was time to see how he would fare in his first welterweight fight.

Round 1: Both fighters come out to the center of the Octagon and start the feeling out process. Shields starts throwing light feeler jabs and Akiyama does the same. They circle each other throwing attempted jabs but neither lands. Shields drops down and gets one of Akiyama’s legs trying for a takedown.  Akiyama shows good takedown defense and Shields is unable to complete. They go back to the center and face off again. Akiyama is the aggressor, pushing Shields back toward the cage. Shields tries another takedown but is easily stuffed by Akiyama.

They face off again and Akiyama measures the distance, then comes in and lands a strong uppercut. Shields dives for a leg again and manages to get Akiyama down for just a second. Shields presses Akiyama against the cage and works for the takedown. Akiyama defends it once again and they face off again. They both trade punches and kicks toward the center, neither one landing anything hard. Akiyama gets Shields down for just one second but Shields is able to pop right back up. The round ends in the center with both fighters trading attempted shots.

Round 2:  Both fighters come to the center once again, but this time they are working harder than in the first round. Akiyama lands a solid right hand. They face off again, with Shields pushing for constant takedowns. Akiyama is defending well while throwing punches. This round is more intense with more action coming from both fighters. Shields tries another takedown but is unsuccessful. Shields seems to be the more aggressive fighter but is not landing anything damaging.

Both fighters are starting to look weary toward the last 2 minutes of the round, but they continue pushing forward. Akiyama grabs Shields and trips him over sideways for a powerful takedown. Shields is able to get right back up and starts throwing multiple punches to Akiyama’s head. Shields drops down again and grabs Akiyama’s legs looking for another takedown. Akiyama is defending well once again. Shields is unable to complete the takedown as the round ends.

Round 3:  They meet in the center once again, trading punches and kicks. Neither one is landing anything significant, but the action is steady. Shields is throwing a ton of kicks to the body and to the legs. Akiyama is throwing jabs and lands a few punches here and there. Shields tries yet another takedown, but Akiyama flips him around and put his back against the cage. They separate and go back to the center. Shields tries another takedown and gets him down for just a second. He presses Akiyama up against the cage, working for another takedown.

Akiyama flips it around and puts Shields on the cage. The ref separates the two and they face off in the center. Shields finally takes Akiyama down and immediately takes his back. Shields tries to drag him down but Akiyama grabs the fence to prevent it. The ref warns him, but he grabs it again right in the ref’s face. He lets go and Shields continues to work him down to the ground while still having his back.

There’s only 30 seconds left in the fight when Shields gets the hooks in. They both roll over to their backs and Shields starts attacking with chokes. Akiyama defends and rolls over. Shields follows trying to keep the back mount. Akiyama continues to defend with only seconds left, then the round ends.

After deliberating, the judges give the decision to Jake Shields, who defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision.

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields Preview

UFC Tonight: Maia vs. Shields

UFC Fight Night will take place on October 9, 2013 from Barueri, Brazil. The main event features a welterweight showdown between submission specialists Demian Maia and Jake Shields.

UFC Fight Night Preview: Maia vs. Shields

Shields was a powerhouse prior to joining the UFC in 2010. He fought in several other fight organizations including Strikeforce, K-1, and Elite XC. He was undefeated in 12 fights, defeating such talent as Dan Henderson, Mayhem Miller, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, and Yushin Okami.

Jake Shields Highlights

His UFC career has been shaky, winning only 3 out of 6 bouts. He also fought champion Georges St. Pierre for the belt in 2011, which he lost by unanimous decision. Also, before joining the UFC he was well respected for his submission game. He had finished 6 of his opponents in the 1st or 2nd round. Shields has not submitted anyone since being in the UFC, going the distance in the 3 fights that he has won. After suffering a personal loss in his life, can Shields bounce back to his old superstar form, or are we seeing the final stages in the career of one of the greatest fighters in MMA?

Jake Shields Talks About Fight With Demain Maia

Demian Maia has spent his entire career as a UFC fighter, joining the organization in 2007. He started off fighting in the middleweight division, where he was immediately successful. He won his first 5 fights, all by submission. He defeated Chael Sonnen, Nate Quarry, Jason Macdonald, Ed Herman, and Ryan Jensen. In his 6th fight he was defeated by KO in a loss to Nate Marquardt.

After another win in his next fight against Dan Miller, he got a title shot against champion Anderson Silva. He came up short, losing to the champ by unanimous decision. After the loss to Silva, Maia would win 3 out of the next 5 fights. His last fight being a unanimous decision loss to Chris Weidman. He made the decision to drop down to welterweight after that fight.

So far it seems like a wise choice as Maia has won his first 3 fights in the division, defeating Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story, and Jon Fitch. He seems to be rejuvenated, and looks to return to the form he had when he first entered the UFC.

Demian Maia Highlights

Can Jake Shields return to his winning ways and be the dominant fighter he used to be, or will Demian Maia continue his assault on the welterweight division as he works his way to another title shot?

Also featured on the main card is another dynamic welterweight bout between up and comer Erick Silva as he takes on veteran Dong Hyun Kim, a light heavyweight match between dangerous striker Thiago Silva and fan favorite Matt Hamill, a light heavyweight match between solid strikers Fabio Maldonado and Joey Beltran, a welterweight match between veteran Mike Pierce and dangerous submission artist Rousimar Palhares, who debuts at 170, and a bantamweight match between Raphael Assuncao and TJ Dillashaw.

 

Jake Shields Belong to 185 According to Cesar Gracie

Jake Shields was at his finest hour as he won Saturday at UFC 150 but there are fighters who think that his return to 185 is not the best move for Shields.  He outpointed Ed Herman on the scorecards as Shields won via unanimous decision. Herman on the other hand attributed his performance to his training and attitude during the fight.

Cesar Gracie however was confident that Shields will be able to settle to the previous weight division that he was comfortable with; this was the weight that he was able to beat Dan Henderson. Interviewed by Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, Gracie mentions: “When Jake went down to 170, it was not as great as I think he could have been, he had some really hard weight cuts. He’s not a huge 185 – pounder was the only concern I have…His last fight, I could see Ed Herman was a bigger guy than him. He definitely didn’t look like the Jake I know in the gym.” He recalls that he sat a lot of confidence on the fighter even when he changed classes. “It takes a while to make the UFC your home. I think he’s settling in and I think pretty soon we’re going to have the Jake Shields we’ve seen in so many memorable contests, when he’s tapping people out with some pretty cool moves.”

Recalling the fight, Gracie mentions: “I think people have seen some really great fights of Jake’s where he’s tapped people out with one – arm guillotines and stuff from the mount and all these other things he’s done, arm locks and everything, and I think for Jake, he needs to really get back into that, to finishing.” He adds: “We’re not going to change a tiger at this point in the game.” He also describes Shields as a “world –class grappler”.

Jake Shields is from San Francisco, California, USA. He is 38 years of age with 28 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw in his MMA career. His latest victory against Ed Herman was at the UFC 150 last August 11 but there are no words yet regarding his next matchup. Experts believe that the next fighter in line is Yushin Okami who was also victorious last Saturday. As Gracie watched Yushin “Thunder” Okami winning over Buddy Roberts, he was sure that there will soon be a UFC matchup featuring Shields versus Okami rematch.