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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

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Robson Gracie > Cesar Gracie > Jake Shields

Main Achievements:

  • 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

Team/Association: N/A

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

11 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    4 (36%)

2 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
50
1
#86e620
Heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Guillotine
50
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jake Shields Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1177Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 5x0ADCC77KGSF2005
1471Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLGuillotinePSL: X-MissionABSSPF2006
1479Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPts: 2x1LA Sub-XABSSPF2006
4358Leandro LoLeandro LoD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
9352AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
13713Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLPts: 5x0ADCC99KGE12017
14953Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookPolaris 684KGSPF2018
19090Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLReferee DecisionPolaris 992KGSPF2019
1168Diego SanchezWPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12005
1173Cameron EarleWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG4F2005
1179Leonardo SantosLeonardo SantosWRNCADCC77KG3PLC2005
6183Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
10324Lyoto MachidaWHeel hookF2W + MPABSSPF2016
10529Chris LytleWEBI/OTSUG 3ABSSPF2016
12849Dillon DanisDillon DanisWEBI/OTSUG 488KGSPF2017
13514Daniel StraussWReferee DecisionPolaris 590KGSPF2017
14028Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 5188KGSPF2017
14386Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWEBI/OTSUG 6ABSSPF2017
14950Kit DaleKit DaleWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 62ABSSPF2018
19971Austin VanderfordWEBI/OTSUG 888KGSPF2019
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