Jake Shields, an American mixed martial artist, is currently wrestles in the welterweight category of the World Series of Fighting. He started amateur wrestling at the age of nine and competed in over 600 folk, freestyle and submission matches.
He also became a two time All American Wrestler from Cuesta College which placed him on 4th position at the state tournament in 177lb weight category in 1997 and at 3rd position in the 197lb weight category the following year.
Shields joined Chuck Liddell’s SLO Kickboxing Academy to begin his MMA training in 1999. But in 2001 after receiving a wrestling scholarship from San Francisco State University he started training with Cesar Gracie fight team. This resulted in drastic improvement in his jiu jitsu as he became a three time Grapplers Quest Advance Champion, Pan American Championships Jiu Jitsu Champion, Pan Am Open Advance Submission Champion, Gracie Open Superfight Champion and finished 3rd place at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2005. He also went on to win Shooto World Mixed Martial Arts Championship and the Rumble on the Rock World Championship, Elite XC Welterweight Championship and Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Jake Shields joined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on 23rd October 2010 and made a winning debut against Martin Kampmann at “UFC 121:Lesnar vs Velasquez”. After winning his 1st match Shields got his chance to face Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship but failed in his attempt. He failed to pass a drug test at UFC 150 and was fined and suspended for nearly a year.
In April 2014, Jake Shields was released by UFC and he signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting (WSOF). He was expected to make his debut against Jon Fitch at WSOF 11 on 5th July but was forced out of the bout due to a shoulder injury. He is slated to make his 1st appearance at WSOF 14 against WSOF Canadian Welterweight Champion Ryan Ford on 11th October later this year.