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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 08:31 AM
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I'd like to say keep because I genuinely want the best of the best to face off against each other, but for Shields I say cut. We know everything about him and his style, we know he will never hold a UFC belt, and he also teaches us nothing about his opponents we didn't already know.
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 10:02 AM
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Cut him. His fights aren't that exciting to watch

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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 11:31 AM
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Sorry but if anyone thinks Shields "dominated" Maia, then they must have been under some heavy stuff at the time.

I say give him a 45/45, take it or leave it. I don't care if he's exciting or not, he's effective and somehow manages to win fights but I agree that he isn't very impressive.
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Definitely keep Shields. He may not be the most exciting fighter but he'll be a good measuring stick for up and coming fighters.

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I don't think they should be cutting any fighter with a known name right now.

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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 12:47 PM
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He certainly didn't dominate Maia, he won a very close fight. To me, that's the mystique of Shields - barely winning fights that feel like he shouldn't even be realistically competing in. No question in my mind that if Lombard vs. Shields was a fight to the finish, Lombard goes to sleep. But it was a 3 rounder, and Jake couldn't threaten in time.

As the attention spans of the fan base grow ever smaller, fighters with styles like Jake's are an endangered species. He's going to get cut.
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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 12:57 PM
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I don't think the UFC should cut him, he's very good. But imo the UFC is more about building their promotion off of what's trendy then skilled MMA itself and their campaign to train new fans and modify old fans into having the same opinion seems to be working. They will strongly consider letting him go.

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post #18 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 02:16 PM
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When I first saw this thread title, I thought "what the hell is this poster thinking?". But then I thought about UFC and the points you made, and you bring up a good point since they tend to find excuses to cut fighters who aren't exactly exciting. I don't think UFC would just let him go but I think they'll lowball him and if he tried going to Bellator, then so be it.

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post #19 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 03:18 PM
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If I'm making the decision based purely on ability, I say keep him. The guy is a top-10 WW.

If I'm making the decision based on whether or not I want to watch any of his fights, I say cut him.

Let's face it. If the former was the only criteria used by the UFC, Okami (and probably Fitch) would still be in the UFC. The fact is, Shields' style makes it literally impossible for him to be involved in an exciting fight (ala Fitch). For that reason alone, gun to my head, I think I'd cut him.

You're not gaining any new fans by showing them a Shields fight. The UFC has to know this.
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post #20 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 03:54 PM
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If this was his last fight you can't cut him... Just saying...

Shields is kind of like Fitch so I am sure the UFC isn't going to offer him a big contract. It will be Shields choice whether or not he wants to stick with MMA/UFC at a reduced rate.
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