Nine months ago, Jake Shields was released from the UFC, despite a 3-1 stretch with a no contest. Now, the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion is on the verge of another title shot.
Tonight, Shields (31-7-1, 1NC) latched onto his second straight first-round submission victory with a rear-naked choke against Brian Foster (22-6). Prior to the two submissions, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had seen nine of his previous ten fights go the distance, with the lone finish coming against the once formidable Jake Ellenberger, shortly after Shields’ father passed away. Before that streak, he had finished eight straight fights. With the win, Shields garnered his 12th career submission victory, as well as a title shot against heel hook specialist, and current WSOF Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares.
The rest of the card, had its ups and downs. Four of the eight fights, three of which were on the main card, went the distance. However, there were four submissions on the card. The first fight saw Trey Williams garner an antacids choke against Jamie Point, while Jordan Rinaldi put Soslan Abanakov away via inverted triangle keylock.
In the co-main event of the evening, Joe Condon, who had stepped in on a day’s notice, stunned the crowd with a guillotine choke victory over Jonathan Nunez with just 38 seconds remaining in the fight.
While the card was loaded with unknowns outside of the main event (the third most notable fighter was former TUF 17 castoff Adam Cella), it was a solid night of fights. It may not have been as entertaining as last night’s Bellator 132 card, or as hyped up as tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night card, but it was a fun night nonetheless.