Jake Shields is an American mixed martial artist, currently fighting in the welterweight division of the PFL. He was the last Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Champion, the only Elite XC Welterweight Champion, a former Shooto Welterweight Champion and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. He also fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) challenging Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight championship.
He has trained extensively with Fairtex SF and Cesar Gracie, and is a member of the "Skrap Pack" which includes fellow Cesar Gracie students Dave Terrell, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. After his loss to Akira Kikuchi he won 15 consecutive fights over six years, until his loss to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre. He holds notable victories over former UFC Welterweight Champions Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. He describes his style as American Jiu-jitsu.
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Jake Shields, the Grappling Legend in conversation with John Bartolo
John Bartolo has Jake Shields on the show. Jake is a grappling legend who now coaches fighters. They have an interesting conversation about vegetarianism and then move on to various other topics. Jake reflects on the good fights he has had and the great fighters he has grappled. He talks about the young fighters of today and the ones who hold promise of becoming world champions. John and Jake talk about jiu jitsu, films of fights, celebrity battles, women’s fighting, work ethics and a host of other topics.
John ends the show by requesting the listeners to leave a review. He thanks Jake and the sponsors too.
1:01--John begins the show by thanking the sponsors. He welcomes Jake Shields to the show.
1:46--Jake talks about being vegetarian all his life. He talks about being vegan for a few months and how difficult it was.
5:14--Jake talks about his return to California and the training he was doing for a few of the fighters.
8:05--John and Jake discuss the good fighters and the expected winners.
9:51--Jake talks about grappling and how it has grown as a sport in fighting.
12:20--Jake recalls all the various fighters he has grappled with.
13:24--Jake talks about being a coach to the young fighters.
16:46--They talk about jiu jitsu, the good jiu jitsu fighters and the relevance of training with the Gi.
20:53--They discuss film and studying tapes of the fights.
24:23--They discuss the Covid situation in California, San Francisco and New York.
29:25--They talk about politics, homeless people, lockdowns, work ethics, and coaching.
38:59--John asks Jake what he thinks about celebrity battles. Jake feels that if they train really hard and they have the courage to go out there and fight, it's fine because they make good money out of it anyway.
42:00--They talk about women's fighting.
43:09--John thanks Jake for coming on the show. John thanks the sponsors once again before ending the show.
20:29-- “You have to be a little more creative and not try to make everyone a clone of you.” Jake Shields
30:12-- “I will train with guys and just see if our personality and work ethic matches. I don't want guys that are lazy and not come to training. I want guys that are working hard and taking it seriously.” Jake Shields
31:31-- “I’ve been around this sport long enough that i can see who is serious and who is not.” Jake Shields
39:02-- “If somebody was smart they would start a celebrity division.” John Bartolo