Although Jake Shields made his career as a welterweight, he will be taking on Strikeforce middleweight king Robbie Lawler at a catch-weight fight of 182 pounds. If he can walk away victorious on this Saturday, he would like to explore the path towards the 185-pound crown.
“I’ve got a really tough fight with Robbie Lawler,” Shields said. “I’m trying to get through that and then figure it out. If I win, it definitely makes me want to try to go for the 185-pound title.
“If things go well, I could probably float back and forth between the two (weight classes).”
One of the many benefits Shields has enjoyed throughout his career is the fact he is a big welterweight, often able to overpower his opponents to the ground.
“Obviously, it would be nice to come down (in weight), but it’s also kind of nice that I can eat all I want,” said Shields. “I’m not used to that – training and eating everything I want.”
However, before any of that can happen, Shields needs to take down the revitalized Lawler. The Cesar Gracie trained fighter knows just how dangerous his opponent is, but he is doing all he can to make sure he’s gonna be ready.
“It is (difficult to prepare for Lawler), but you just go out there and fight and deal with it,” Shields said. “Certain guys are hard to mimic their styles, but all you can do is train on your end and go out there and fight is the way I look at it.
“I’m still trying to find a few southpaws, too. I’m trying to call around, see if I can find a few good boxers and wrestlers that are southpaws, too.”
With aspirations of taking over a bigger weight class on his mind, what better way to provide answers then to take on the organization’s best at 185?
“I think Robbie Lawler is a great test,” Shields said. “I’m going to go out there, and hopefully it will go well for me.”
And just because reigning champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral has a sick scrap against Gegard Mousasi on his plate doesn’t mean that he isn’t keeping a watchful eye on this weekend’s festivities.
“It’s gonna be a good fight,” Babalu told 5thRound.com. “We are going to see a lot of [catch-weight] fights [in the future]. I think it’s a good way to match up two good fighters. It’s pretty cool. I’d be honored to fighter either one of them.”
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