With the a win over Brian Foster in the first round last Saturday at WSOF 17, Jake Shields (31-7-1) is now the top contender for the promotion’s welterweight championship. However, the man that holds the gold is another former UFC competitor in Rousimar Palhares (17-6). Jake not only sent him a message with his in-ring work, but also did so on the mic.
“He’s holding my belt for me,” Shields said of “Toquinho”. “I’m going to go out there and whip his ass. He’s a dirty fighter breaking everyone’s legs and ankles. I’m going to go out there and I’m going to take his knee out. I’m not scared of him and I’m going to bring it to him.”
Palhares then went to MMAfighting.com to respond to the comments of the former Strikeforce middleweight champion.
“What this guy said about me is weird, but even parrot’s talk. Now it’s time to work hard and see who’s the best,” Palhares told MMAFighting.com. “You know why he was so mad? Because he knows he has to fight me now and knows that he will lose, that I will submit him. He trains jiu-jitsu, he knows that.”
Palhares thought Shields’ win over Foster “was really good”, but wasn’t surprised since he “already expected a submission because of (the level of) his opponent”. About Shields’ post-fight attacks, calling him a dirty fighter, “Toquinho” isn’t bothered.
“It doesn’t bother me anymore,” he said. “Thank God I don’t spend too much energy paying attention to that anymore. I’m more experienced now, so that doesn’t bother me anymore.”
“I think it’s great because he knows how it’s going to end,” Palhares said. “He can talk now because when the time comes, the victory will be mine. I don’t know if it’s just confidence, I just know that the victory will be mine. No doubt about it because we’re both from jiu-jitsu – at least I am – so it’s my fight and I will win. When I put my hands on him, he will realize who he’s fighting.”
After being cut from the UFC for holding on to a heel hook well after his opponent Mike Pierce had tapped, Rousimar Palhares has been undefeated. He has strung together 2 straight leg-lock victories en route to winning and defending his WSOF strap. Rousimar took out then World Series of Fighting Champion Steve Carl and then former Number 1 contender UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch, both in under two minutes.