Jake Shields is looking to reestablish himself as a contender in the welterweight division this weekend at UFC 161. He’s the main bout on the prelims, going against red hot Tyron Woodley. Shields recently discussed with bloody elbow his thoughts on Woodley’s power and who he wants next.
Tyron Woodley’s punch.
“Personally, I only watched a couple of his fights. I try to go out there and do what I do, and not make big changes. Yeah, you want to look for tendencies, but I think changing yourself too much to accommodate your opponent’s style is a big mistake. Not to mention, I made some changes for this fight, so I’m not going to be the same fighter that he’s been watching. I want to go out there and force him to fight my fight, not go out there and fight his.”
Jake Ellenberger as a next opponent.
“For me, I feel like that’s the only loss I’ve had that needs to be avenged, for several reasons. I feel like the stoppage was too early and having lost my dad just a couple weeks before … there were multiple things going on with me. Of course, he won that fight, and I’m not going to say that he didn’t, but I just feel like things should have gone differently, and I would like another shot at that.”
Will Shields be able to deal with the power of Tyron Woodley or will he become another victim? What’s next for Shields will is a waiting game until we see if he’s successful this weekend.