Report: Jake Shields Says Dana White’s “Just Another Guy” Label is “a Little Bit Ridiculous”
By FCF Staff
Although Jake Shields concedes he had a bad night at UFC 171, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Hector Lombard, the welterweight is taking issue with Dana White’s recent statements as to why he was let go.
Following Shield’s loss to Lombard in March, it was announced that the UFC had decided to release the renowned grappler, despite the fact he had gone undefeated in four bouts prior. In a follow up interview with Yahoo Sports, White said the 35 year-old Shields had been cut because the fighter’s stand-up had not improved, and that this point of his career, he’s “just another guy”.
The UFC President also added that although he likes the former Strikeforce champ, he believes Shields is on the “down swing.” The consensus opinion amongst observers, at the time, was that Shields was also let go because his grinding style is not fan friendly enough.
Shields recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about his UFC release, and here is some of what he had to say about White’s comments:
“I didn’t read what Dana said, but ‘another guy?’ So are [a lot of other fighters] I guess, considering I beat at least half the guys in the top-10,” said Shields, who was coming off decision wins over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley before facing Lombard. “That’s a little bit ridiculous. But I guess you have to justify it somehow.”
While Shields is no longer employed by the UFC, World Series of Fighting has signed the welterweight to a multi-fight deal, and he’s is expected to make his promotional debut in July.