Originally Posted by Sports_Nerd
Shields isn't the most exciting fighter in the UFC, but I don't consider him that boring either. He grapples intelligently, which is something I always like watching because I feel I learn from it, even if all I'm getting is tools with which to evaluate other grappling performances. To me he's a much more interesting fighter than guys like Chris Leben, who can hit hard and take a punch, but show you little to learn from.
I love seeing good grapplers go to work. Guys like Mark Bocek, Rafael Dos Anjos(before he started getting knockouts), Jacob Volkmann etc are a pleasure to watch. They might not always get the finish, but you can see them either working for it or just straight dominating. Jake Shields isn't like that. Nothing about him is spectacular. The only thing he has going for him is literally just laying there. If I was a judge, I would never score a fight for him because all he ever does is stall. He doesn't fight. The Kampmann and Herman fights being perfect examples.
I don't hate the guy or anything, I just think he's an eye sore. I give him credit though, no one lay and prays like he does. He's the best at it.