UFC President Dana White landed the man he wanted for a long time when he signed Jake Shields to a multiple-fight contract earlier this year, bringing the number-three ranked middleweight in the world to the top Mixed Martial Arts promotion on the globe. After dominating lesser promotions over the past eight years, Shields finally made the decision to make his long awaited debut in the UFC, and will step in to an octagon this Saturday when he takes on Martin Kampmann.
UFC: 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez
Jake Shields vs Martin Kampmann
Saturday October 23, 2010
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
MMA Betting UFC 121 Odds: Shields – -175
Danish international Martin Kampmann earned his spot in this match as the first to take on Shields in the UFC by bringing down Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision at UFC: 115 in June of this year. Despite having 17 career UFC Picks wins on his resume, Kampmann has never beaten an opponent as good as Shields, who is ranked seventh in the world pound-for-pound by Sherdog.
UFC 121 PicksBetting Preview: Jake Shields - A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shields has dominated the MMA world over the past six years, going undefeated since a loss to Akira Kikuchi back in 2004 overseas. With 14 straight wins to his name, Shields relented and made the move to the UFC after his post-fight brawl with Dan Henderson’s corner after successfully defending the Strikeforce Middleweight title with a unanimous decision win. In 30 career wins, Shields has submitted 10 opponents while knocking out another three, relying heavily on using a conservative, technical approach to wear down his opponents and scored judges points. With names such as Henderson, Jason Miller, and Paul Daley all on the long list of sports betting opponents that the 31-year old has already taken down, White is hoping that Shields can provide the next big challenge to UFC champion Georges St. Pierre. UFC 121 Odds have listed Martin Kampmann +145 underdog.
UFC Picks Betting Preview: Martin Kampmann - Kampmann earned first shot at Shields after pulling off consecutive wins over Paulo Thiago and Jacob Volkmann, a solid rebound from his first round knockout Northbet loss to Paul Daley at UFC: 103. Versed in both Muay Thai and submission wrestling, Kampmann has clinched seven of his 17 career UFC Picks wins via knockout, with another six coming via submission. “The Hitman” has won eight of ten fights in the UFC to date, but will face his toughest task this Saturday having never beaten an opponent as good as Shields.
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UFC: 121 Predictions Match Up: Shields vs Kampmann - After signing Shields to a UFC contract, White immediately made this fight for the number-one contender spot for St. Pierre’s title, hoping that the Strikeforce champion can come out on top and provide a solid draw against the top-ranked welterweight in the world. Shields has beaten opponents better than Kampmann in the past, which makes him the perfect opponent for the 31-year old to face in his UFC betting debut. UFC Predictions and UFC Picks MMA Betting Pick: Shields - 175.
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