|Born||January 9, 1979|
Summertown, Tennessee, United States
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Shootfighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Team||Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu |
El Niño Sports
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division II Wrestling|
|Years active||1999-present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||San Francisco State University|
|Notable school(s)||Cuesta College |
Calaveras High School
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: May 1, 2011
|Representing United States|
|ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship|
|Pan American Championships (BJJ)|
Jake Sequoyah Shields (born January 9, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist, currently fighting in the welterweight division for the PFL. He was the last Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Champion, the only Elite XC Welterweight Champion, a former Shooto Welterweight Champion and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. He also fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
He has trained extensively with Fairtex SF and Cesar Gracie, and is a member of the "Skrap Pack" which includes fellow Cesar Gracie students Dave Terrell, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. After his loss to Akira Kikuchi he won 15 consecutive fights over six years, until his loss to Georges St-Pierre. He holds notable victories over UFC Welterweight Champions Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. He describes his style as American Jiu-jitsu.
Shields was raised near Mountain Ranch, California in the Sierra Nevada. He was home schooled up to junior high. He and his two older brothers grew up at the end of a dirt road on the rim of the Jesus Maria Canyon. Their nearest friends were a 45-minute hike down one side of the canyon and up the other. Their activities included mountain biking, wild caving, snowboarding, clearing brush, bucking firewood, climbing mountains, exploring the high country, and wrestling.
Shields began amateur wrestling at age nine. He has competed in over 601 folk, freestyle, and submission wrestling matches. Shields was a four-year varsity wrestler and state qualifier at Calaveras High School, finished 2nd place at the Amateur Athletic Union National Freestyle Championships, qualified for U.S.A./ FILA Nationals & World Team Trials in both the junior & university men's divisions. He is also a two-time junior college All-American wrestler from Cuesta College, placing 4th in the California JC state tournament in the 177 lb weight class in 1997 and 3rd in the 197 lb weight class a year later. In September 1999, Shields began his MMA training by joining Chuck Liddell's SLO Kickboxing Academy. Within a few weeks he fought his first fight, filling in for an injured teammate at 185 lbs. Shields fought five fights at 185 lbs "for fun, to stay in shape and learn some self defense". In 2001, Shields decided he wanted to make a career of mixed martial arts and began fighting at his natural weight of 170 lbs (77 kg).
In the summer of 2001, Shields received a wrestling scholarship to San Francisco State University. At that time he began training with the Cesar Gracie Fight Team, resulting in a dramatic improvement of the jiu jitsu variety. He is a three-time Grapplers Quest Advance Champion, Pan American Championships Jiu Jitsu Champion, Pan Am Open Advance Submission Champion, Gracie Open Superfight Champion and finished 3rd place at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2005. His victory at the Pan American Championships (which requires wearing a uniform) as a purple belt is notable because Jake Shields claims he has trained "about four hours with the gi in [his] life," and the Pan Americans is one of the largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions in the world. He continued to improve on the kickboxing skills he picked up with Chuck Liddell, by cross-training with the professional Muay Thai kickboxing team at the Fairtex combat Academy, training with Muay Thai Champions Jongsanan Fairtex and Alex Gong. He was awarded the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu by Cesar Gracie in February 2007.
Shields was the head instructor of BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) and MMA at the Fairtex-Gracie affiliate in San Francisco from March 2002 until April 2008.
Shields has developed a style of fighting called "American Jiu-Jitsu" which he has tattooed on his forearm. Shields' American Jiu-Jitsu is a no-gi style of grappling for MMA and self-defense is a complete combat art that combines the relaxed and ready position and submission techniques of Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the explosive takedowns, throws and transitions of wrestling.
Shields is best known for his 15-fight winning streak, finishing eight of his eleven opponents before being defeated by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a hard-fought five round battle at UFC 129. Shields has captured the Shooto World Mixed Martial Arts Championship and the Rumble on the Rock World Championship. He submitted Nick Thompson via guillotine choke in a bout for the Elite XC Welterweight Championship.
At Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields he fought EliteXC's last middleweight champion and former two-time ICON Sport middleweight champion at a catchweight of 182 pounds (83 kg). Lawler took the center of the cage and looked comfortable on his feet. Robbie Lawler said in the post fight interview, "His striking was good. He threw a lot of kicks. He worked. He threw hands and wasn't shying away from standup, that's for sure." Two minutes into the first round, Shields pounced and secured a guillotine choke to finish his opponent via submission at 2:02 of the first round.
At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers he fought Jason 'Mayhem' Miller for the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship after Cung Le stepped down as champion to pursue his acting career. Shields defeated Miller via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, and 49-46).
Shields was spotted and shown on camera next to UFC President Dana White at the WEC 48 PPV. With Dana White saying, "He's mine!" and his arm around Shields, this fueled rumors of Shields signing with the UFC. Jake Shields stated in an interview that it was tough for Strikeforce to provide him with exciting fights and this would be a key aspect in his decision to stay or leave. Dana White also stated in this interview he would be willing to pay huge sums to strip away one of Strikeforce's champions. This has further fueled speculation that Shields would leave Strikeforce for the UFC.
On June 30, Strikeforce released Shields from the organization during his contract renegotiation period. Shields then entered into talks with the UFC, with his manager and father Jack Shields stating that his son is eager to fight against top UFC fighters, such as Anderson Silva. In July 2010, it was reported that Shields was close to signing a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in the promotion's Welterweight division.
Shields made his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann on October 23, 2010, at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez. Prior to Shields's UFC debut, Dana White stated that Shields is most likely next for a shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship between the winner of Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck if he defeats Kampmann. After Shields defeated Kampmann via split decision, White later confirmed that Shields would receive a title shot against the winner of the Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck fight at UFC 124.
Georges St-Pierre won his UFC 124 bout against Josh Koscheck. Shields fought St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship on April 30, 2011, at UFC 129 in Toronto. Shields lost via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, and 48-47). This was Shields's first loss in over 6 years.
Shields returned to the middleweight division and faced Ed Herman on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. He won the bout via unanimous decision. However, on October 12, 2012, it was announced that Jake Shields had failed his drug test at UFC 150 and he was subsequently fined and suspended. The result of the fight was overturned to a No Contest. In January 2015 Shields said the failed test was due to a banned diuretic.
Shields faced Tyron Woodley in a welterweight bout on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161. The bout was contested on the feet for nearly its entirety in a largely uneventful fight where neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. Shields defeated Woodley via split decision.
Shields next faced Demian Maia on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29. As expected, the contest between the two decorated jiu jitsu practitioners took place mostly on the ground, and Shields won via split decision.
On April 6, 2014, it was announced that Shields was released from the promotion.
After his release from the UFC, the outspoken and often candid president of the organization, Dana White, had this to say about Shields:
"We look at everything. Everything. Money has something to do with it. I'd be lying if I said it didn't. But that wasn't the only reason or the main reason. It was a part of the piece of the puzzle as we were doing our evaluation of him. Mixed martial arts is a young man's game. I like Jake Shields a lot. But let's be honest here: Where was he going in this [welterweight] division of animals we have? He's on the downswing, and he's never going to be the guy. His stand-up never improved. He hasn't really shown anything in his last couple of fights to make you go, 'Holy [expletive].' Right now, at this point, he's just another guy."
In April 2014, Shields signed a multi-fight deal with the World Series of Fighting. Shields was expected to compete at WSOF 11 on July 5, 2014 against Jon Fitch. However, Shields was forced out of the bout due to a shoulder injury.
Shields made his debut for World Series of Fighting at WSOF 14 on October 11, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada against WSOF Canadian Welterweight Champion Ryan Ford. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
In his second fight for the promotion, Shields faced Brian Foster in the main event at WSOF 17 on January 17, 2015. He again won the fight via submission in the first round.
Shields faced Rousimar Palhares on August 1, 2015 at WSOF 22. He lost the fight by submission due to a kimura, marking his first loss by submission. This wasn't without controversy as Palhares repeatedly eye gouged Shields after several warnings from the ref, and again held the submission well after Jake tapped, and Shields punched Palhares in the face after the fight was over. Shields also followed with a kick which the referee blocked. Both Shields and Palhares were temporarily suspended by the NSAC after the fight.
Shields was lined up to face Jon Fitch for the vacant WSOF welterweight championship at WSOF 30 on April 1, 2016. Though they have never competed together in an MMA contest, Shields holds a victory over Fitch in a submission grappling match. However, the match was later cancelled due to contract issues between Shields and the company.
On September 13, 2016, it was announced that Shields would challenge for the WSOF Welterweight Championship against Jon Fitch on November 12, 2016 at WSOF 34. On October 17, 2016, it was announced that the fight was then rescheduled to take place on December 31, 2016 in the co-main event. Shields lost the fight by unanimous decision.
On November 22, 2014, Shields fought Roberto Satoshi in a grappling match in Metamoris V. The fight ended in a draw.
On April 2, 2016, Shields then fought AJ Agazarm at Polaris 3. The match was controversial as it was plagued with eye gouges and strikes coming from both fighters. At one point in the match Shields slapped Agazarm while both men were standing. The fight ended in the draw.
On August 29, 2011, Shields' father and manager Jack Shields died at the age of 67.
Jake Shields stars in and co-produced Fight Life, an award-winning documentary on the sport of MMA, the film is directed by James Z. Feng and released in 2013. Shields appeared in three episodes of Bully Beatdown on MTV and MTV2 on April 12, 2009, a different episode on September 10, and again on an mtv.com exclusive episode. Shields also served as a grappling coach for Chuck Liddell on The Ultimate Fighter 11, and appeared on the channel Animal Planet for episodes of "Wild Recon" and "Venom in Vegas".
|Professional record breakdown|
|46 matches||33 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||33-11-1 (1)||Ray Cooper III||TKO (punches)||PFL 10||October 20, 2018||1||3:10||Washington, D.C., United States||2018 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout|
|Win||33-10-1 (1)||Herman Terrado||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 6||August 16, 2018||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||32-10-1 (1)||Ray Cooper III||TKO (punches)||PFL 3||July 5, 2018||2||2:09||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Win||32-9-1 (1)||Danny Davis Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||PFL: Everett||July 29, 2017||3||5:00||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Loss||31-9-1 (1)||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 34||December 31, 2016||5||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||For the WSOF Welterweight Championship.|
|Loss||31-8-1 (1)||Rousimar Palhares||Submission (kimura)||WSOF 22||August 1, 2015||3||2:02||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the WSOF Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||31-7-1 (1)||Brian Foster||Submission (neck crank)||WSOF 17||January 17, 2015||1||2:51||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||30-7-1 (1)||Ryan Ford||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 14||October 11, 2014||1||4:29||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||29-7-1 (1)||Hector Lombard||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||29-6-1 (1)||Demian Maia||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||October 9, 2013||5||5:00||Barueri, Brazil|
|Win||28-6-1 (1)||Tyron Woodley||Decision (split)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|NC||27-6-1 (1)||Ed Herman||NC (overturned)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Middleweight bout. Unanimous decision win for Shields; overturned after he failed his drug test. Shields claims it was a diuretic (for unknown reasons, the Colorado Athletic Commission wouldn't disclose what he tested positive for).|
|Win||27-6-1||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||26-6-1||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||1||0:53||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||26-5-1||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 129||April 30, 2011||5||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||26-4-1||Martin Kampmann||Decision (split)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Win||25-4-1||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Nashville||April 17, 2010||5||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Defended the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. Later vacated title.|
|Win||24-4-1||Jason Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||5||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||Won the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||23-4-1||Robbie Lawler||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||2:02||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||22-4-1||Paul Daley||Submission (armbar)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||3:47||Sunrise, Florida, United States||Defended the EliteXC Welterweight Championship. Later vacated title.|
|Win||21-4-1||Nick Thompson||Submission (guillotine choke)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||1||1:03||Stockton, California, United States||Won the inaugural EliteXC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||20-4-1||Mike Pyle||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EliteXC: Renegade||November 10, 2007||1||3:39||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||19-4-1||Renato Verissimo||TKO (punches and elbows)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||1||4:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||175 lb catchweight bout.|
|Win||18-4-1||Ido Pariente||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||2:06||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||17-4-1||Ray Steinbeiss||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat||February 18, 2007||1||1:29||San José, Costa Rica|
|Win||16-4-1||Steve Berger||TKO (punches)||FCP: Malice at Cow Palace||September 9, 2006||2||1:36||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Win||15-4-1||Carlos Condit||Decision (unanimous)||Rumble on the Rock 9||April 21, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won the Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Tournament.|
|Win||14-4-1||Yushin Okami||Decision (majority)||Rumble on the Rock 9||April 21, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||13-4-1||Dave Menne||Decision (unanimous)||Rumble on the Rock 8||January 20, 2006||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||12-4-1||Toby Imada||Decision (unanimous)||Kage Kombat||November 12, 2005||3||5:00||California, United States|
|Loss||11-4-1||Akira Kikuchi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Year End Show 2004||December 14, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lost the Shooto Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||11-3-1||Ray Cooper||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Hawaii: Soljah Fight Night||July 9, 2004||1||3:29||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won the vacant Shooto Welterweight Championship.|
|Draw||10-3-1||Kazuo Misaki||Draw||Pancrase - Hybrid 10||November 30, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10-3||Akira Kikuchi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto - 8/10 in Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium||August 10, 2003||3||5:00||Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||9-3||Milton Vieira||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Midwest Fighting||May 21, 2003||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8-3||Hayato Sakurai||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Year End Show 2002||December 14, 2002||3||5:00||Chiba, Chiba, Japan|
|Loss||7-3||Ray Cooper||Decision (majority)||Warriors Quest 6: Best of the Best||August 3, 2002||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||7-2||Robert Ferguson||Decision (unanimous)||GC 7: Casualties of War||November 4, 2001||2||5:00||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||6-2||Jeremy Jackson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GC 6: Caged Beasts||September 9, 2001||1||2:03||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||5-2||Tracy Hess||Decision (unanimous)||GC 3: Showdown at Soboba||April 7, 2001||2||5:00||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||4-2||Randy Velarde||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GC 2: Collision at Colusa||February 18, 2001||2||3:19||Colusa, California, United States|
|Loss||3-2||Phillip Miller||Decision (unanimous)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 9||July 18, 2000||2||8:00||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||3-1||Shannon Ritch||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Best of the Best||May 4, 2000||1||2:45||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||2-1||Marty Armendarez||TKO (punches)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 6||March 25, 2000||1||7:34||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||2-0||Brian Warren||Decision (unanimous)||CFF: The Cobra Challenge 1999||December 11, 1999||1||10:00||Anza, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||Paul Harrison||TKO (punches)||CFF: The Cobra Qualifier 1999||October 23, 1999||1||3:22||Anza, California, United States|
|20 Matches, 11 Wins (3 Submissions), 6 Losses (2 Submissions), 3 Draws|
|Loss||11-6-3||Rafael Lovato Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||Polaris 9||Superfight||March 15, 2019||London|
|Loss||11-5-3||Craig Jones||Submission (heel hook)||Polaris 6||Superfight||February 17, 2018||London|
|Win||11-4-3||Kit Dale||Referee Decision||Fight to Win Pro 26||Superfight||February 10, 2018||Denver, CO|
|Win||10-4-3||Gilbert Burns||Quickest Escape||Submission Underground 6||Superfight||December 3, 2017||Portland, OR|
|Win||9-4-3||Murilo Santana||Referee Decision||Fight to Win Pro 51||Superfight||October 21, 2017||Brooklyn, NY|
|Loss||8-4-3||Abdurakhman Bilarov||Points||ADCC World Championship||-79 kg||September 23, 2017||Espoo|
|Win||8-3-3||Dan Strauss||Decision (unanimous)||Polaris 5||Superfight||August 19, 2017||London|
|Win||7-3-3||Dillon Danis||Quickest Escape||Submission Underground 4||Superfight||May 14, 2017||Portland, OR|
|Win||6-3-3||Lyoto Machida||Submission (heel hook)||Fight to Win Pro||Superfight||August 13, 2016||Denver, CO|
|Win||5-3-3||Chris Lytle||Quickest Escape||Submission Underground||Superfight||July 17, 2016||Portland, OR|
|Draw||4-3-3||AJ Agazarm||Draw||Polaris 3||Superfight||April 2, 2016||Poole|
|Draw||4-3-2||Roberto De Souza||Draw||Metamoris 5||Superfight||November 22, 2014||Los Angeles, CA|
|Draw||4-2-1||Leandro Lo||Draw||World Jiu-Jitsu Expo||Superfight||November 10, 2013||Long Beach, CA|
|Loss||4-2||Marcelo Garcia||Submission (guillotine choke)||PSL X-Mission||Superfight||November 17, 2006||Los Angeles, CA|
|Loss||4-3||Saulo Ribeiro||Points||LA Sub X||Superfight||May 26, 2006||Los Angeles, CA|
|Win||4-1||Jon Fitch||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gracie Open||Superfight||2005||San Francisco, CA|
|Win||3-1||Leonardo Santos||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ADCC World Championship||-77 kg||May 28, 2005||Los Angeles, CA|
Title last held byCung Le
| 3rd Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
November 7, 2009 - July 1, 2010
Shields signed with the UFC
Title next held byRonaldo Souza
|New championship|| 1st EliteXC Welterweight Champion
July 26, 2008 - October 20, 2008
Title last held byAnderson Silva
| 6th Shooto Middleweight Champion
July 9, 2004 - December 14, 2004