Posted by Jackelope
This is a mistake on Jake Shields' part if he does step in. In my humble opinion, anyways. He will be outsized, out struck, and most likely be slightly out of shape. I always like watching Shields fight, but he's risking top 10 status with this move. We already saw Carlos Condit drop out of the top 10 as a result of a very close split decision that could have easily gone his way.
When most of your fights are outside of the UFC, regaining that top 10 status is extremely difficult.
I doubt Shields is even worried about his "status" in a top 10 ranking. Rankings are nothing more then a blogger's opinion and have no bearing on actual paydays and/or match-ups anyway. Aside from that, this fight is taking place at 185 pounds so it should theoretically have no bearing on 170 pound rankings.
The fact is, he could probably hold Affliction up for some decent cash by accepting a fight on short notice; and money talks. Besides that I really don't think he'd consider the fight unless he was in shape and believed he had a chance to win. Given the alternatives I think this is a great rebound for Affliction, and I'd love to see it happen. (Though truthfully, I'd rather see Fedor fight someone other then Vitor)