Tag Archive for Shields

Shields Won’t Rule Out Jump To Bellator MMA

It’s been a rough couple of years for decorated mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Jake Shields.

The former Strikeforce middleweight champion holds wins over some of the biggest names in the sport, including Dan Henderson, Tyron Woodley, and Robbie Lawler, just to name a few. But life after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he once fought for the welterweight title, has not been kind.

Is it time to hang ‘em up?

“I’m in a kind of unsure phase right now,” Shields told BJPenn.com. “I still like training and enjoy the sport. I don’t want to make a decision so quickly, I want to sit down and give it a thought. I’m still under contract for one more season (with PFL), so we’ll see how that goes.”

After a successful run for the now-defunct World Series of Fighting (WSOF) promotion, Shields (33-11-1, 1 NC) transitioned to Professional Fighter’s League (PFL). In four appearances, the American Jiu-Jitsu master has been stopped twice by Ray Cooper, part of a dreadful 2-4 run dating back to early 2015.

Perhaps it’s time for a change of scenery?

“Definitely,” Shields told Cole Shelton about a possible jump to Bellator MMA. “They seem to have a lot of momentum and me and Scott Coker got along good before. It’s not something I would rule out because Bellator seems to be getting bigger and bigger. It’s a good time for them.”

Shields and Coker worked side-by-side in Strikeforce before UFC came calling. As luck would have it, Coker replaced the since-deposed Bjorn Rebney to helm the Spike TV Paramount TV ship, and it’s certainly a buyer’s market.

It should be noted that Shields turns 40 in less than two months.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Highlights! Cooper III Stops Shields, Ferreira At PFL 10 To Advance To Welterweight Finale

Ray Cooper III truly capitalized on a lucrative opportunity last night (Sat., Oct. 20, 2018) at PFL 10 live on NBCSN from inside St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington D.C, when he finished Jake Shields and Handesson Ferreira via first-round TKOs to advance to the Professional Fighters League (PFL) $ 1 million welterweight tournament finale.

Cooper, 25, put a beating on Shields in the opening minutes of their quarter-final matchup. The Hawaiian knockout artist blasted the grappling expert with a perfectly-timed right hand counter along the cage. Shields dropped to the canvas and Cooper jumped on top for furious ground-and-pound en route to an eventual stoppage.

Check out the finish above courtesy of PFL.

Cooper’s dominate performance opposite Shields set him up for a semi-final showdown with Ferreira. During an exchange on the ground early into the first round, “Bradda Boy” leveled Ferreira with huge left hands. Ferreira tried to cover up by Cooper rained down even more offense before the referee jumped in for the TKO stoppage.

Check out the finish below courtesy of PFL:

With these two equally impressive performances, Cooper now advances to the final round of PFL’s $ 1 million welterweight tournament, where he’ll meet Russian veteran Magomed Magomedkerimov, who defeated Bojan Velickovic and Pavlo Kusch en route to his own tournament finale birth.

The two will square off at the 2018 PFL Championship (PFL 11) on Dec. 31 live on NBCSN from inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Recent News on Sherdog.com