Dana White Says That Jake Shields is Just "Another Guy"

Published on April 8th, 2014 1:53 pm EST

Earlier this week the UFC said goodbye to former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Jake Shields, as the company gave him his walking papers with just one fight left in his deal.

As with the releases of Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami, many fans (especially the "hardcore" fans) were not happy with the news. How could the UFC release a fighter who has beaten the likes of Carlos Condit and Dan Henderson during his career, they wondered?

Dana White said that there were a number of different factors that figured into Shields' release, including the size of his contract (which is one of the highest in the UFC for a non-champion), his age and his style of fighting. Shields is a grinder and a point fighter - there is no denying that. Of his eight fights in the UFC, seven went the distance.

In addition, Shields was popped for a positive drug test earlier in his UFC career, and this certainly didn't help his standing in the promotion either.

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There are two trains of thought when it comes to Jake Shields.

You have his proponents who argue that Shields is still one of the top 15 Welterweights in the world and that has ranking and resume should keep him in the promotion, regardless of his style of fighting.

Shields' detractors will argue that Shields has a "boring" fighting style that is not worth is high price tag. In addition, Jake's age (35 years old) makes it unlikely that he will ever compete for the title again and it's hard to justify his cost if he isn't in the mix for a title.

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My guess is that the UFC may be interested in bringing Shields back into their fold in the future but only at a significantly lower cost.


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