Maybe Jake Shields just needs an airtight excuse for wolfing down that last apple fritter.
Boxer Roy Jones Jr. tried straddling weight classes, and it virtually ruined him. Apparently, mixed martial artist Jake Shields isn't paying attention. The welterweight who defeated middleweight Robbie Lawler last June told MMAJunkie Radio on Monday that he feels capable of contending for belts at both 170 and 185 pounds.
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"I've bulked up," Shields said. "I'm still not a true 185-pounder. But I've bulked up. During training, I weigh 191 or 192 and it kind of sticks. I don't want to go much higher. … The main reason I went up was because of the lack of good opponents for me."
The analogy is a little shaky: Jones tried his hands at heavyweight, adding considerable mass, whereas Shields appears to be simply cutting less and climbing into the cage as a smaller middleweight. But it does speak to the lack of focus precipitated by Strikeforce's welterweight division: Shields appears bored at his natural weight.
Shields didn't have much of an answer for his training partner and friend Nick Diaz seemingly having the same attitude: take fights at whatever weight they're proposed. One seems equally likely of sabotaging the other's career arc at random. If you're a fan with OCD, these can't be two of your favorite fighters at the moment.