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Jake Shields could face Martin Kampmann in UFC welterweight debut

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With Jake Shields UFC debut practically a foregone conclusion, the wheels are in motion to find him a suitable opponent for his return to the 170-pound division.

Not as easy as it sounds.

A quick run through the SB Nation top ten rankings will yield plenty of suitors; however, everyone with a spot high enough on the totem pole to welcome the former Strikeforce and Elite XC champion has already secured a date to the big dance.

That leaves Martin Kampmann and Paulo Thiago -- and the Dane already disposed of the crafty Brazilian at UFC 115 just last month, effectively securing his position as the last man standing.

And a win over Shields would likely ease some of the pain he felt when his desired opponent, Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, was paired up with Carlos Condit for the upcoming UFC 120 event across the pond.


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Post #1   7/17/10 11:00:34AM   

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Ehh, dont want to see kampmann lay on his back for 15 minutes.

Post #2   7/17/10 1:19:30PM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars



Ehh, dont want to see kampmann lay on his back for 15 minutes.



I don't either. Perhaps he should learn to get up. Too many guys are unwilling to put themselves at risk in order to "get out". I thought Shields did a good job at being active in the Hendo fight. It wasn't LnP.

Post #3   7/17/10 2:22:26PM   

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Kampmann will Ko Shields in the 3rd round. I was hoping for Hardy or Condit for Shields first. Regardless, Shields will have to win against Kampmann and the winner of Fitch/Alves before getting St. Pierre.

Post #4   7/17/10 2:41:07PM   

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Kampmann looked great in his last fight. I think his bjj is good enough to transition off his back & keep it standing where he has a huge advantage. Kampmann by UD.

Post #5   7/17/10 2:47:39PM   

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Winner of this probably gets Kos/GSP. Welterweight division is getting exciting!

Post #6   7/17/10 7:33:08PM   

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I really dislike hearing fighters called "blankets" or "lay and prayers". I think the term fits sometimes, but only rarely. It's way overused in MMA conversation.

The fact of the matter is at the highest level almost everyone is well rounded. It's very easy to survive and avoid submissions if you're close to as skilled as your opponent. You turtle up, tie him up, and focus on not losing, rather than on winning. I'm not blaming the fighter on bottom by any means (of course you're going to try and avoid submissions and protect against ground and pound).

I think that's partially the reason the Mayhem and Hendo fights weren't exciting for everyone (I loved them BTW). Both of those guys were very aware of Shield's game and both are savvy veterans who have been fighting and training for a long time.

I'm not saying fighters don't stall and wait for decisions. Or that every fighter tries 100% of the time to finish a fight. But we can't always blame the winning fighter for a boring fight either.

Anyone who has competed in Jiu Jitsu and dealt with a guy stalling once he scores the first points of the match can realize how difficult it can be to submit someone who is only focused on defense.

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Post #7   7/17/10 7:37:14PM   

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I think Jake has better takedowns than Paulo Thiago, and will put Kampman on his back and win a ud, Kampman will be hard 2 submit or mount.

Post #8   7/17/10 10:37:40PM   

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Kampman will b e a stern test for Jake in his debut. But then again wasnt Hendpo a hell of a test? A lot of guys are ?ing Shields. I think a fight with Martin goes Jakes way all day!

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id really like to see all this "boring", "cant finish", "LnP" bs go away. seems like most people have only watched shields last two fights. in his last 10 fights hes only gone to decision twice. he didnt finish miller which almost everyone expected. if jacare couldnt sub miller i didnt see shields pulling it off either. miller has some of the best sub d in the game. the fight with hendo also went to decision. wow big shocker there since 99 percent of people didnt give a shields a chance. i however did (check my picks). shields is extremely tough and i imagine win to plow thru kampmann with no problem whatsoever, none.

and another note besides his last two fights the last fight that went to decision was in 2006 and was against condit.. so please can you guys stop bashing him?

btw if you thought the miller fight was boring you probably need to stick to boxing and quit watching mma. that fight was amazing.

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lmao @ getting all defensive over people saying they dont want to see kampmann lay on his back for 15 minutes and asking them to stop "bashing" and in the same post completely disregarding kampmann as a qualified opponent


that hendo fight was AWFUL. henderson had like a 3 minute gas tank and you could tell his back was not right from the get go

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Posted by gcraig22

Kampmann will Ko Shields in the 3rd round. I was hoping for Hardy or Condit for Shields first. Regardless, Shields will have to win against Kampmann and the winner of Fitch/Alves before getting St. Pierre.



wow man you really might wanna think that. the only way kampmann wins is by decision. shields wrestling is too good and kampmann will get taken down and smashed and probably subbed. no way just kampmann ko shields. if shields can take hendos hardest shots at 185 kampmann whos not known for his power will not get koed. but this is mma and anything can happen but this seems the most impossible of outcomes. i can only see kampmann pulling out a decision... maybe. shields has superior ground game. his bjj and wrestling is just on another level than kampmann and it will be the deciding factor in this fight.

Post #12   7/18/10 2:25:08PM   

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One things always a given with Shields... He's training with some of the best in the world. Must be fun to be surrounded by great fighters...

Post #13   7/18/10 7:44:17PM   

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This would be a step down for Shields but it does make sense. Shields would beat him.

Post #14   7/18/10 7:48:16PM