Jake Shields bemoans UFC's 'pull away from being the best in the sport' and the 'ridiculous' push for slugfests

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields talks about being cut by the UFC after one loss while still being recognized as one of the world's top mixed martial artists at Welterweight.

Jake Shields, the WSOF's newest UFC top 10 fighter in exile, spoke to Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting about being cut by the UFC following a single loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171. Here are some of the highlights:

"I was definitely a little surprised, especially coming off some big wins, guys in the top-10, main events.

"I definitely didn't think they'd drop me after one loss. But, you know, I had a terrible performance. I certainly didn't feel like I fought like myself that night. But, given that it was one performance, you should get a second chance to go out there and try to win again. And I wasn't given that. But, ultimately it is what it is.

"I didn't read what Dana said, but ‘another guy?' So are [a lot of other fighters] I guess, considering I beat at least half the guys in the top-10. That's a little bit ridiculous. But I guess you have to justify it somehow.

"My last two fights have been really close and I haven't finished, so I figure maybe they're just doing that," Shields said. "But that doesn't really... I feel like the sport, they're trying to pull it away from being the best in the sport, and just putting it into, oh, you gotta go and slug it out and fight the way they want you to, which is kind of ridiculous. You wouldn't have guys like Floyd Mayweather being the best in the world if [boxing executives] pressured him like that.

Read the whole interview.

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