Jake Shields (born January 9, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist, currently fighting at 185 lb (84kg). He is the Rumble on the Rock 175 lb (79 kg) champion. He is the first & last Elite XC Welterweight Champion. He is also the former Shooto World Champion and is the current Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. He has trained extensively with Cesar Gracie, and is a member of the "scrap pack" which includes fellow Cesar Gracie students Dave Terrell, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez.
Shields is currently the #5 ranked middleweight in the world by MMAWeekly and ranked #7 by Sherdog.
Shields was raised near Mountain Ranch, California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Jake is a life-long vegetarian. He was home schooled up to junior high. He and his two older brothers grew up at the end of a dirt road on the rim of the Jesus Maria Canyon. Their nearest friends were a 45 minute hike down one side of the canyon and up the other. Their activities included mountain biking, wild caving, snowboarding, clearing brush, bucking firewood, climbing mountains, exploring the high country, and wrestling.
Jake began amateur wrestling at age nine. He has competed in over 600 folk, freestyle, and submission wrestling matches. Jake was a four year varsity wrestler and state qualifier at Calaveras High School, finished 2nd place at the Amateur Athletic Union National Freestyle Championships, qualified for U.S.A./ Fila Nationals & World Team Trials in both the junior & university men's divisions. He is also a two time All American wrestler from Cuesta College. In September 1999, Jake began his MMA training by joining Chuck Liddell's SLO Kickboxing Academy. Within a few weeks he fought his first fight, filling in for an injured teammate at 185 lbs. In 2001, Jake decided he wanted to make a career of mixed martial arts and began fighting at his natural weight of 170 lbs (77 kg).
In the summer of 2001 Jake received a wrestling scholarship to SF State. At that time he began training with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team, resulting in a dramatic improvement in his jiu jitsu. He is a three time Grapplers Quest Advance Champion, Pan American Games Jiu Jitsu Champion, Pan Am Open Advance Submission Champion, Gracie Open Superfight Champion and finished 3rd place at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2005. He continued to improve on the kickboxing skills he picked up with Chuck Liddell, by cross-training with the professional Muay Thai kickboxing team at the Fairtex combat Academy, training with Muay Thai Champions Jongsanan Fairtex and Alex Gong. He was awarded the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Cesar Gracie in February 2007.
Jake was the head instructor of BJJ (Brazilian jiu jitsu) and MMA at the Fairtex-Gracie affiliate in San Francisco from March 2002 until April 2008. Jake now has his own gym in Berkeley, CA on 2438 Durant Ave.
Shields has developed a style of fighting called "American Jiu-Jitsu". Shields American Jiu-Jitsu for MMA and self-defense is a complete combat art that combines the relaxed and ready position and submission techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the explosive takedowns, throws and transitions of world class wrestling.
Mixed martial artsEdit
Among his victories are wins over Paul Daley, Hayato Sakurai, Akira Kikuchi, Dave Menne, Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami and Jeremy Jackson. He is currently on a 13-fight winning streak, finishing 8 of his last 9 opponents. He has recent wins over Robbie Lawler, Renato "Charuto" Verissimo and Mike Pyle. Shields has captured the Shooto World Mixed Martial Arts Championship and the Rumble on the Rock World Championship. He beat Nick Thompson for the Elite XC Welterweight World Championship in the first round via guillotine Choke. Most recently he captured the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight World Championship via unanimous decision in a match against Jason 'Mayhem' Miller.
At Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields he fought EliteXC's last middleweight champion and former two-time ICON Sport middleweight champion at a catchweight of Template:Convert/LoffAoffDbSoff. Lawler took the centre of the cage and looked comfortable on his feet. Robbie Lawler said in the post fight interview, "His striking was good. He threw a lot of kicks. He worked. He threw hands and wasn't shying away from standup, that's for sure." Late in the first round, Shields pounced and secured a guillotine choke to finish his opponent via submission at 2:02 of the first round.
At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers he fought Jason 'Mayhem' Miller for Strikeforce's vacant middleweight title after Cung Le stepped down as champion to pursue his acting career. Shields won the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship when he defeated Jason "Mayhem" Miller via unanimous decision.
Shields is currently ranked in the Pound 4 Pound rankings by Sports Illustrated and Inside MMA, as well as being ranked in two weight classes, welterweight and middleweight.
Jake Shields is a single father to an eight-year old daughter.
Television and filmEdit
Shields is also a co-producer for the MMA documentary Fight Life.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|31||24 wins||4 losses|
|Dan Henderson||Strikeforce: Nashville||April 17, 2010||Nashville, Tennessee, USA||Defending Strikeforce Middleweight Title|
|24-4-1||Win||Jason Miller||Decision (Unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers||November 7, 2009||5||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA||Won the Vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Title|
|23-4-1||Win||Robbie Lawler||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||2:02||St. Louis, Missouri, USA||182 lb Catchweight|
|22-4-1||Win||Paul Daley||Submission (Armbar)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||3:47||Sunrise, Florida, USA||Defended Elite XC Welterweight Championship|
|21-4-1||Win||Nick Thompson||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||1||1:03||Stockton, California, USA||Became First Elite XC Welterweight Champion|
|20-4-1||Win||Mike Pyle||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EliteXC: Renegade||November 10, 2007||1||3:39||Corpus Christi, Texas, USA|
|19-4-1||Win||Renato Verissimo||TKO (Strikes)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||1||4:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA||175 lb Catchweight|
|18-4-1||Win||Ido Pariente||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1 Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||2:06||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|17-4-1||Win||Ray Steinbeiss||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||BodogFight - Costa Rica||February 18, 2007||1||1:29||Costa Rica|
|16-4-1||Win||Steve Berger||TKO||FCP - Malice at Cow Palace||September 9, 2006||2||1:36||San Francisco, California, USA|
|15-4-1||Win||Carlos Condit||Decision (Unanimous)||Rumble on the Rock 9||April 21, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA||ROTR WW Tournament Final Round|
|14-4-1||Win||Yushin Okami||Decision (Majority)||Rumble on the Rock 9||April 21, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA||ROTR WW Tournament Second Round|
|13-4-1||Win||Dave Menne||Decision (Unanimous)||Rumble on the Rock 8||January 20, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA||ROTR WW Tournament Opening Round|
|12-4-1||Win||Toby Imada||Decision||Kage Kombat||November 12, 2005||3||N/A||California, USA|
|11-4-1||Loss||Akira Kikuchi||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto 2004 - Year-End Show||December 14, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lost the Shooto Middleweight Championship|
|11-3-1||Win||Ray Cooper||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto Hawaii - Soljah Fight Night||July 9, 2004||1||3:29||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA||Won the vacant Shooto Middleweight Championship|
|10-3-1||Draw||Kazuo Misaki||Draw||Pancrase - Hybrid 10||November 30, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|10-3||Win||Akira Kikuchi||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto 2003 - 8/10 in Yokohama Gymnasium||August 10, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|9-3||Win||Milton Vieira||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto - Midwest Fighting||May 21, 2003||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, USA|
|8-3||Win||Hayato Sakurai||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto - 2002 Year-End Show||December 14, 2002||3||5:00||Chiba, Japan|
|7-3||Loss||Ray Cooper||Decision (Majority)||Warriors Quest 6: Best of the Best||August 3, 2002||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|7-2||Win||Robert Ferguson||Decision||GC 7: Casualties of War||November 4, 2001||2||5:00||Colusa, California, USA|
|6-2||Win||Jeremy Jackson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||GC 6: Caged Beasts||September 9, 2001||1||2:03||Colusa, California, USA|
|5-2||Win||Tracy Hess||Decision||GC 3: Showdown at Soboba||April 7, 2001||2||5:00||Friant, California, USA|
|4-2||Win||Randy Velarde||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||GC 2: Collision at Colusa||February 18, 2001||2||3:19||Colusa, California, USA|
|3-2||Loss||Phillip Miller||Decision (Unanimous)||IFC - Warriors Challenge 9||July 18, 2000||2||8:00||Friant, California, USA|
|3-1||Win||Shannon Ritch||Submission (Choke)||Best of the Best||May 4, 2000||1||N/A||Tempe, Arizona, USA|
|2-1||Loss||Marty Armendarez||TKO (Strikes)||IFC - Warriors Challenge 6||March 25, 2000||1||7:34||Friant, California, USA|
|2-0||Win||Brian Warren||Decision||CFF - The Cobra Challenge 1999||December 11, 1999||N/A||N/A||Anza, California, USA|
|1-0||Win||Paul Harrison||TKO (Strikes)||CFF - The Cobra Qualifier 1999||October 23, 1999||N/A||N/A||Anza, California, USA|
- ↑ Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson Title Fight Signed for April in Strikeforce. mmafrenzy.com (2010-02-24).
- ↑ Shields plans to put on a show in Stockton. ESPN.com, By Michael Woods (2008-07-25). Retrieved on 2008-09-06.
- ↑ 411 MMA Interviews: Jake Shields. 411mania.com, By Jeffrey Harris (2009-11-27). Retrieved on 2009-12-16.
- ↑ http://www.411mania.com/MMA/news/87468/Press-Release:-Jake-Shields-Opens-the-Shields-Gracie-Jiu-Jitsu-Academy-Tomorrow!.htm
- Official Website
- Jake Shields' ProElite.com Profile
- Jake Shields' EliteXC Profile
- Gracie Fighter Profile