Originally Posted by Rauno
I don't think GSP should be that worried about Shields's ground game actually. Sure Shields might be the best BJJ guy in the division but that does not mean the fight is going to end with a submission as soon as the fight hit's the ground.
Agreed. Shields bottom game is not enough to strike fear into GSP. All his sub wins come from either RNC's which he got through his top game, Guillotines from bad TDD attempts and 1 arm bar against Daley from mount.
In my mind GSP is way too clever to get caught in a guillotine when he shoots and Shields is not all that dangerous with his guard.
At the risk of provoking an MMA math doesn't work argument (it doesn't), GSP tooled Mayhem on the ground and Mayhem almost choked out Shields (yes he got dominated otherwise).
To conclude, GSP probably could take Jake down and be OK, however it would be a far better gameplan to go Matt Hughes 2 strategy and just smash him standing.