Jake Shields Wanted to Fight Jon Fitch, But Happy to Take Jake Ellenberger

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FastKnockout
8/11/11 3:16:43PM
Jake Shields wanted Jon Fitch, but he’s happy to take on Jake Ellenberger in New Orleans. After that, he might want to take on a pound-for-pounder.

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prophecy033
8/11/11 4:35:57PM
Shields v Fitch - boring

That said, ill take Fitch. Better standup
Twenty20Dollars
8/11/11 4:46:37PM
Funny how Ellenberger wanted Fitch and Shields wanted Fitch, and then Ellenberger got Shields.


I wanted Fitch vs Shields, even though that fight doesn't interest me at all.

I just want Ellenberger to fight someone who doesn't just try to grapple him.
prophecy033
8/11/11 5:57:05PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Funny how Ellenberger wanted Fitch and Shields wanted Fitch, and then Ellenberger got Shields.


I wanted Fitch vs Shields, even though that fight doesn't interest me at all.

I just want Ellenberger to fight someone who doesn't just try to grapple him.

hope they don't think fitch is an easy fight
hotrodttt
8/11/11 6:00:35PM
I'd rather see Ebersol fight Ellenberger, there'd definitely be a finish. Great fight imo
Poor_Franklin
8/11/11 6:14:50PM
as a ticketholder to battle on the bayou, im thrilled with the matchup & very glad fitch is not on the card. I respect the hell out of him, but not a guy i want on the main event when i'll be there live
Chael_Sonnen
8/11/11 9:14:28PM
Ellenberger beats both Fitch & Shields
bjj1605
8/12/11 12:28:01AM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Funny how Ellenberger wanted Fitch and Shields wanted Fitch, and then Ellenberger got Shields.


I wanted Fitch vs Shields, even though that fight doesn't interest me at all.

I just want Ellenberger to fight someone who doesn't just try to grapple him.

hope they don't think fitch is an easy fight




Probably the opposite. A decisive victory over Fitch would be a big step towards a shot at the title.

Shields is going to have a helluva time getting back there as it is. Beating Fitch might speed up the process.
Sam_Rothstein
8/12/11 8:27:12AM

Posted by prophecy033

Shields v Fitch - boring

That said, ill take Fitch. Better standup



I know shields doesnt have the best stand up but its a little harsh to say anyone has worse stand up than jon fitch.
icantthinkofanything
8/12/11 12:40:47PM
I wanna know who would win that fight to. also they might have banged it out.


they could still switch it up and let Ellenberger and Rory fight, and Rumble could fight a winner of those fights
SmileR
8/12/11 1:29:51PM

Posted by Sam_Rothstein


Posted by prophecy033

Shields v Fitch - boring

That said, ill take Fitch. Better standup



I know shields doesnt have the best stand up but its a little harsh to say anyone has worse stand up than jon fitch.



I think its a huge compliment that people are even considering Shields has half as good stand up as Fitch.
emfleek
8/12/11 1:30:42PM

Posted by SmileR

I think its a huge compliment that people are even considering Shields has half as good stand up as Fitch.



This.

Fitch's standup isn't really all that bad. He just doesn't utilize it.
Bubbles
8/12/11 3:08:32PM

Posted by Sam_Rothstein


Posted by prophecy033

Shields v Fitch - boring

That said, ill take Fitch. Better standup



I know shields doesnt have the best stand up but its a little harsh to say anyone has worse stand up than jon fitch.



Leonard Garcia?
bjj1605
8/12/11 10:50:45PM

Posted by Sam_Rothstein


Posted by prophecy033

Shields v Fitch - boring

That said, ill take Fitch. Better standup



I know shields doesnt have the best stand up but its a little harsh to say anyone has worse stand up than jon fitch.



I think Fitch actually has really good stand up. He just rarely uses it and he lacks power. He worked on it a lot after getting crushed by GSP.
Pookie
8/13/11 6:28:42AM
I'd take Shields over Fitch. Hopefully i'd get a UD bonus.

The stand-up is marginal in difference, and either guy could be better on the day of the fight in terms of hands because of how little difference there is. However, I don't think Fitch would sprawl and brawl against anybody alive. His gameplan never deviates.

I think the fight plays out like this:
They close the distance, Fitch ends up with the takedown on top. Gets reversed on the ground and outgrappled. Rinse & Repeat.

Fitch on his back isn't getting out of that position with Shields on top. Shields can get on top of Fitch even if he starts out on bottom. In a match-up of two powerful wrestlers who are all but guranteed to go to the ground, the better grappler has the advantage. I also think Shields more compact build(Shorter arms, Wider shoulders, Bigger Chest) would give him a demonstrative strength advantage to combat Fitch's normal tactics.
40ouncetpkid
8/13/11 3:56:41PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Fitch beats both Ellenberger & Shields



Fixed

If Ellenberger wants his hot streak halted then he won't fight Fitch. And Shields should be glad hes not getting his second straight loss fighting Fitch. Fitch is a so much better fighter then when Shields tapped him in grappling.

Fitch is the truth. 2nd best WW in the UFC! I could see Ellenberger taking it to Shields after mentally Shields might be weakened after the GSP fight but most likely Shields humps to a decision.
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