Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Jake Shields says he plans to be the first fighter to tap out Hector Lombard when the two collide March 15 at UFC 171.
Lombard has never been submitted. Shields is a submission specialist.
“I’ve gotta be close,” Shields told MMAJunkie radio. “I’m on a good win streak right now, and I want to go out there put Hector away and hopefully finish, which isn’t an easy task. I would be the first guy to do it and get a title shot.”
Shields was one of the first fighters to win a round against the great Georges St-Pierre, but he lost a unanimous decision to the champion.
Shields was then knocked out by Jake Ellenberger. After putting together a series of wins, he’s looking to bounce back and get a title shot.
Lombard was pulled over to the UFC from Bellator. Both fighters are looking to get a title shot.
Shields, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, says he plans to use Lombard as a stepping stone to the title.
“I want to take him down, go for a submission, heavy ground and pound. I think if I can finish him, I can probably get a title shot. So I need to go out there and push as hard as I possibly can.
Will Shields be able to handler Lombard’s power? He survived a huge right hand from Dan Henderson in Strikeforce. Henderson knocked him down, but Shields survived and won a unanimous decision.
“I know that, he knows I’m tough, and we’ve both got to be at the top of our game that night,” Shields said. “I can’t go out and lose to Hector and ask for more money, so I’ve got to take it one step at a time. I’ve got a beast standing in front of me next week.”