Man, you guys are bashing Shields for fighting the same way Nate Diaz fights... Except he tries to avoid punishment.
Did you not see Nate's last fight becuase in no way does Shields fight like that. Nate wasn't scared to engage and actually did well on the feet. But I'm assuming you will say you meant Nick.
You guys keep saying Daley has no ground game, but get real: The guy knew he was going to be fighting Shields. You don't think he trained extensively on the ground???
Knowing Daley I doubt he did extensive training for the ground.
And even so, Sheilds was able to get the mount at will. He was being really cautious because Daley is explosive and was trying to buck out every time Shields would go for something.
Actually Daley wasn't bucking, hence why Frank kept talking about why he should buck.
You guys are not giving either fighter enough credit IMO.
I give credit where credit is due and Shields did nothing to back up what people say about him.
That fight looked good to me and I'm as experienced of a fan as anyone else here.
Bottom line is he didn't commit to his punches while standing because he was lookin ahead of them for the shot. He may have been scared to stand with Daley, Daleys power will knock any fighter out.
With his lack of standup he will be afraid to stand with many fighters. He didn't commit to strikes because he can't strike.
Funny how a victory over Condit means nothing now because Condit didn't have a name than.......But Sheilds would lose today because Condit has a name now.
Now if we read what I said we would know this isn't what I said. Carlos has improved since their fight and is the better overall fighter now, hence why I said he would beat him now and why people give Shields credit for a win over Condit even though Condit isn't the same fighter.
Shields win streak is impressive. 11 in a row. Including Daley, Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, and Thompson. 5 out of the 11 victories were in the 1st. Undefeated since 2004. I can't take that away because he may have not been crisp last night. He may have took his weight cut badly this time. He's established himself in his fights as a dangerous WW.
3 out of 11 wins were good wins and that impresses you? There are plenty of guys at local events that have a similar record should I be impressed by them. Who you fight is actualy means something and Shields only has 3 (giving you Condit) good wins in that 11 fight win streak. He is dangerous against second tier fighters.
To not consider his a top 5er is a complete joke.
He is only thought of in the top 5 because of record but if he came to the UFC he wouldn't be able to beat the contenders at WW.