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Jake Shields & Dana White Speak on Shields’ UFC 121 Fight

Jake Shields and Dana White spoke Saturday night about Shields’ win over Martin Kampmann. Check out the highlights:

Shields on cutting down to 170 pounds: “I don’t want to make excuses, but that was my first time cutting to 170 (pounds) in a while. I do think I dropped too much weight. If that was a factor, I don’t know, but I pulled out 20 pounds in a day. Will I do that again? No, never. I’ll never drop that much weight again.”

Dana White on the weight-cutting: “No matter how much weight he cut and whatever he did, that’s his fault,” White said. “That’s his stupidity. He’s been in the game for a long time, so I don’t like to use any of that stuff, but the reality is I do know what he did, and I know he won’t make those dumb mistakes next time. I know who he fought tonight. He fought a real guy tonight, and he overcame it. You don’t even have to fight at this level to know that when you’re looking at that clock, and there’s still three minutes left on it, and you’re in the second round, and you make it through the fight and you win it, it says something about you.”

White on Shields’ win: “It was a tough fight for Jake coming in, and no matter where Jake’s fought and what he’s done and who he’s beat and what he’s accomplished, it’s tough coming into the UFC your first time. He beat a tough guy tonight, and he got his first win under his belt.”

  • I think Jake won this fight because of his name and all the hype leading up to his UFC debut. Kampmann won round two handily and 3-1/2 to 4 minutes of the final round. I guess that’s the danger of letting the judges decide the outcome.