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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 expected to defend the Strikeforce Middleweight Title against former PRIDE World Champion Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010 at Strikeforce on CBS.[1]

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.

Personal lifeEdit

Jake Shields is a single father to an eight-year old daughter.[2]

Television and filmEdit

Shields appeared on an episode of Bully Beatdown on MTV and MTV2 on April 12, 2009, a different episode on September 10 and again on an exclusive episode.

Shields is also a co-producer for the MMA documentary Fight Life.[3]

Shields will serve as grappling coach for Chuck Liddell on The Ultimate Fighter 11.


Shooto Middleweight (Former)
EliteXC Welterweight (Only)
Rumble On The Rock 175-pound title (Last)
Strikeforce Middleweight {Current}

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Record Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Dan Henderson Strikeforce: Nashville 02010-04-17April 17, 2010 United States flag Nashville, Tennessee, USA Defending Strikeforce Middleweight Title
24-4-1 Win United States flag Jason Miller Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers 02009-11-07November 7, 2009 5 5:00 United States flag Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Won the Vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Title
23-4-1 Win United States flag Robbie Lawler Submission (Guillotine Choke) Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields 02009-06-06June 6, 2009 1 2:02 United States flag St. Louis, Missouri, USA 182 lb Catchweight
22-4-1 Win England flag Paul Daley Submission (Armbar) EliteXC: Heat 02008-10-04October 4, 2008 2 3:47 United States flag Sunrise, Florida, USA Defended Elite XC Welterweight Championship
21-4-1 Win United States flag Nick Thompson Submission (Guillotine Choke) EliteXC: Unfinished Business 02008-07-26July 26, 2008 1 1:03 United States flag Stockton, California, USA Became First Elite XC Welterweight Champion
20-4-1 Win United States flag Mike Pyle Submission (Rear Naked Choke) EliteXC: Renegade 02007-11-10November 10, 2007 1 3:39 United States flag Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
19-4-1 Win Brazil flag Renato Verissimo TKO (Strikes) EliteXC: Uprising 02007-09-15September 15, 2007 1 4:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 175 lb Catchweight
18-4-1 Win Israel flag Ido Pariente Submission (Rear Naked Choke) K-1 Dynamite!! USA 02007-06-02June 2, 2007 1 2:06 United States flag Los Angeles, California, USA
17-4-1 Win United States flag Ray Steinbeiss Submission (Guillotine Choke) BodogFight - Costa Rica 02007-02-18February 18, 2007 1 1:29 Costa Rica flag Costa Rica
16-4-1 Win United States flag Steve Berger TKO FCP - Malice at Cow Palace 02006-09-09September 9, 2006 2 1:36 United States flag San Francisco, California, USA
15-4-1 Win United States flag Carlos Condit Decision (Unanimous) Rumble on the Rock 9 02006-04-21April 21, 2006 3 5:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ROTR WW Tournament Final Round
14-4-1 Win Japan flag Yushin Okami Decision (Majority) Rumble on the Rock 9 02006-04-21April 21, 2006 3 5:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ROTR WW Tournament Second Round
13-4-1 Win United States flag Dave Menne Decision (Unanimous) Rumble on the Rock 8 02006-01-20January 20, 2006 3 5:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ROTR WW Tournament Opening Round
12-4-1 Win United States flag Toby Imada Decision Kage Kombat 02005-11-12November 12, 2005 3 N/A United States flag California, USA
11-4-1 Loss Japan flag Akira Kikuchi Decision (Unanimous) Shooto 2004 - Year-End Show 02004-12-14December 14, 2004 3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Lost the Shooto Middleweight Championship
11-3-1 Win United States flag Ray Cooper Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Shooto Hawaii - Soljah Fight Night 02004-07-09July 9, 2004 1 3:29 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Won the vacant Shooto Middleweight Championship
10-3-1 Draw Japan flag Kazuo Misaki Draw Pancrase - Hybrid 10 02003-11-30November 30, 2003 3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
10-3 Win Japan flag Akira Kikuchi Decision (Unanimous) Shooto 2003 - 8/10 in Yokohama Gymnasium 02003-08-10August 10, 2003 3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
9-3 Win Brazil flag Milton Vieira Decision (Unanimous) Shooto - Midwest Fighting 02003-05-21May 21, 2003 3 5:00 United States flag Hammond, Indiana, USA
8-3 Win Japan flag Hayato Sakurai Decision (Unanimous) Shooto - 2002 Year-End Show 02002-12-14December 14, 2002 3 5:00 Japan flag Chiba, Japan
7-3 Loss United States flag Ray Cooper Decision (Majority) Warriors Quest 6: Best of the Best 02002-08-03August 3, 2002 3 5:00 United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
7-2 Win United States flag Robert Ferguson Decision GC 7: Casualties of War 02001-11-04November 4, 2001 2 5:00 United States flag Colusa, California, USA
6-2 Win United States flag Jeremy Jackson Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GC 6: Caged Beasts 02001-09-09September 9, 2001 1 2:03 United States flag Colusa, California, USA
5-2 Win United States flag Tracy Hess Decision GC 3: Showdown at Soboba 02001-04-07April 7, 2001 2 5:00 United States flag Friant, California, USA
4-2 Win United States flag Randy Velarde Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GC 2: Collision at Colusa 02001-02-18February 18, 2001 2 3:19 United States flag Colusa, California, USA
3-2 Loss United States flag Phillip Miller Decision (Unanimous) IFC - Warriors Challenge 9 02000-07-18July 18, 2000 2 8:00 United States flag Friant, California, USA
3-1 Win United States flag Shannon Ritch Submission (Choke) Best of the Best 02000-05-04May 4, 2000 1 N/A United States flag Tempe, Arizona, USA
2-1 Loss United States flag Marty Armendarez TKO (Strikes) IFC - Warriors Challenge 6 02000-03-25March 25, 2000 1 7:34 United States flag Friant, California, USA
2-0 Win United States flag Brian Warren Decision CFF - The Cobra Challenge 1999 01999-12-11December 11, 1999 N/A N/A United States flag Anza, California, USA
1-0 Win United States flag Paul Harrison TKO (Strikes) CFF - The Cobra Qualifier 1999 01999-10-23October 23, 1999 N/A N/A United States flag Anza, California, USA


Template:Trivia He recently opened a studio in Berkeley called Shields' Gracie Fighter MMA and Fitness, and teaches there every day.[4]

See alsoEdit


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