Jake Shields Responds To UFC Release

April 21, 2014 6:28 am by bjpenn.com staff 26 Comments
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“I was definitely a little surprised, especially coming off some big wins, guys in the top-10, main events. I definitely didn’t think they’d drop me after one loss. But, you know, I had a terrible performance. I certainly didn’t feel like I fought like myself that night. But, given that it was one performance, you should get a second chance to go out there and try to win again. And I wasn’t given that. But, ultimately it is what it is.”

“My last two fights have been really close and I haven’t finished, so I figure maybe they’re just doing that. But that doesn’t really… I feel like the sport, they’re trying to pull it away from being the best in the sport, and just putting it into, oh, you gotta go and slug it out and fight the way they want you to, which is kind of ridiculous. You wouldn’t have guys like Floyd Mayweather being the best in the world if [boxing executives] pressured him like that.

“But it’s where [the sport] is right now. You just have to deal with it.”

On the heels of his WSOF signing, former UFC welterweight, Jake Shields, discussed his abrupt and surprising UFC release with MMAFighting.com.

Did Jake deserve the ax?

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