Jake Shields is well known for his career as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, an occupation he built with a style strongly reliant on his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Wrestling skills, a combination Shields labeled: “American Jiu-Jitsu”. A Cesar Gracie black belt in BJJ, Shields achieved numerous medals in grappling before turning his career focus towards cage-fighting, having achieved a gold medal at the Pan American Championship as well as a bronze medal at the ADCC, defeating the famous Leonardo Santos for 3rd place. In MMA Jake Shields fought in two different weight classes, defeating legends such as Hayato Sakurai and Dan Henderson on his way to the Strikeforce middleweight title.
Jake Shields Jiu Jitsu
- 1st Place IBJJF Pans (2005 purple belt)
- 3rd Place ADCC (2005)
Weight Division (BJJ): Peso Medio (82kg-181lbs)
Favourite Position/Technique: Sweep Single Takedown and Guillotine
Jake Shields Biography
Jake Shields was born on the 9th of January, 1979 in Mountain Ranch, California – United States. He grew up somewhat isolated, living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he was home-schooled by his parents most of the time. Living out in the mountains, Jake shields and his brothers developed a great love for the outdoors and for adventure sports, mountain biking, caving, and snowboarding were amongst their day to day activities it was also here, at the early stages of his life that Jake developed his love for Vegetarianism.
Shields got into wrestling when he started attending middle school, following the footsteps of one of his older brothers. He competed throughout middle-school, high school and college. In the late 1990’s he started training kickboxing at the SLO Kickboxing Academy in San Luis Obispo, California, where he met future UFC all of fame, Chuck Liddell. It was also then that Jake Shields started his MMA career, getting paid $200 to fight.
He joined the San Francisco State University on a Wrestling Scholarship while caring for his newborn baby daughter, and started really focussing on his MMA career. He joined the Cesar Gracie gym by chance, as it was very close to his house, and there he met a group of people that would change his life, Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz. Nick Diaz brought his younger brother Nate Diaz and the 4 would form a tight camaraderie that would last for years to come.
In 2005 Jake had one of his best BJJ competitive years. Reaching the gold medal at the purple belt division in the Pan American championships and later that year reaching the semi-final of the worlds most prestigious submission grappling event, the ADCC (Abu Dabhi Combat Club) where he defeated 4 times World Cup Champion, Leonardo Santos.
Living with a young daughter in one of the Worlds most expensive cities (San Francisco) took its toll, and Jake had to find fights consistently in order to survive, going against the wishes of his family who wanted Jake Shields to find a normal job. The fact that Shields is regarded as a conservative fighter did not help him get decent pay when compared to the more exciting fighters in the division who would more recklessly “slug it out”. It wasn’t until he was called to fight at the Elice XC in 2007 that he made his first decent paycheck.
Jake stayed with Elite XC being undefeated in the organization. He was later contacted by Strikeforce, another up and coming MMA organization. Fighting for Strikeforce he reached the Middleweight Championship, defeating the legendary fighter Dan Henderson by unanimous decision for the title. One of Jake Shield’s highest career moments would be blemished by a fight that occurred only moments after his hand was raised while still on the cage. Jason Miller, a fighter Jake had defeated only 5 months before the Henderson fight came up on the cage to challenge Shields for a rematch. The tight unite that is the Cesar Gracie camp did not like the way Jason introduced himself, and a big scramble occurred live on television. The fight was separated, but a big stain remained in Jake Shields highest moment to that date.
As the Dan Henderson fight was the last in Jake Shields’s contract with Strikeforce, he moved to the UFC where he dropped again to the Welter Weight division, the weight division where he first started his MMA career.
Today Jake Shields calls his style of fighting American Jiu Jitsu, a fluid mix of BJJ and Wrestling, picking up the best of both worlds.
Jake Shields Grappling Record
- BY EBI/OT
2 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Jake Shields Fight History
|1179||Pablo PopovitchPablo Popovitch||L||Pts: 5x0||ADCC||77KG||SF||2005|
|1473||Marcelo GarciaMarcelo Garcia||L||Guillotine||PSL: X-Mission||ABS||SPF||2006|
|1481||Saulo RibeiroSaulo Ribeiro||L||Pts: 2x1||LA Sub-X||ABS||SPF||2006|
|4367||Leandro LoLeandro Lo||D||---||World Expo||ABS||SPF||2013|
|9367||AJ AgazarmAJ Agazarm||D||---||Polaris 3||82KG||SPF||2016|
|13751||Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman Bilarov||L||Pts: 5x0||ADCC||99KG||E1||2017|
|15012||Craig JonesCraig Jones||L||Inside heel hook||Polaris 6||84KG||SPF||2018|
|19179||Rafael LovatoRafael Lovato||L||Referee Decision||Polaris 9||92KG||SPF||2019|
|1170||Diego Sanchez||W||Pts: 6x0||ADCC||77KG||R1||2005|
|1175||Cameron Earle||W||Pts: 3x0||ADCC||77KG||4F||2005|
|1181||Leonardo SantosLeonardo Santos||W||RNC||ADCC||77KG||3PLC||2005|
|6192||Roberto SatoshiRoberto Satoshi||D||---||Metamoris 5||ABS||SPF||2014|
|10344||Lyoto Machida||W||Heel hook||F2W + MP||ABS||SPF||2016|
|10549||Chris Lytle||W||EBI/OT||SUG 3||ABS||SPF||2016|
|12884||Dillon DanisDillon Danis||W||EBI/OT||SUG 4||88KG||SPF||2017|
|13552||Daniel Strauss||W||Referee Decision||Polaris 5||90KG||SPF||2017|
|14069||Murilo SantanaMurilo Santana||W||Referee Decision||F2W Pro 51||88KG||SPF||2017|
|14431||Gilbert BurnsGilbert Burns||W||EBI/OT||SUG 6||ABS||SPF||2017|
|15009||Kit DaleKit Dale||W||Referee Decision||F2W Pro 62||ABS||SPF||2018|
|20067||Austin Vanderford||W||EBI/OT||SUG 8||88KG||SPF||2019|