Georges St-Pierre adds former opponent Jake Shields to UFC 217 training camp

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is leaving no stone unturned in preparation for his UFC 217 title fight with Michael Bisping, and that includes bringing in former opponents to his training camp at Tristar Gym in Montreal.

After a more than four-year layoff from competition, St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) returns to the octagon to challenge Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

It’s a crucial fight for St-Pierre’s legacy. With a win he, can become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two weight classes. In order to help him get ready, “Rush” has enlisted the help of Jake Shields (32-9-1), a former Strikeforce champion and former opponent of the French-Canadian (via Instagram):

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St-Pierre clashed with Shields inside the octagon at UFC 129 in April 2011. He won a unanimous decision for what, at the time, was his sixth consecutive title defense. He would defend it three more times after before vacating the gold in December 2013.

With Bisping primarily being a striker, it’s safe to assume St-Pierre is working with Shields, who last found in July under the PFL banner, to sharpen his wrestling and grappling for UFC 217.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'PFL: Everett' results: Andre Harrison tops Steven Rodriguez in night of decisions

On a fight card full of decisions, Andre Harrison topped featherweight Steven Rodriguez at tonight’s “PFL: Everett” event.

Harrison (17-0) continued his six-year undefeated career with a unanimous-decision victory over Rodriguez (10-3) via 49-46 scores across the board.

“PFL: Everett” took place at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash., and the main card aired on NBCSN.

Harrison, who lost only the fourth round, was his own harshest critic after the wrestling-heavy victory, which marked his 12th decision in 17 career wins.

“I am not happy with that performance,” said Harrison, a 29-year-old New Yorker who defeated Lance Palmer for the WSOF title in his previous bout. “I know I’m still 17-0, but like I always say, I don’t look at the record – I look at the performance – and that was not up to my standards.

“He wasn’t really fast, didn’t really hit hard, and he was nowhere near the opponent Lance was when I fought him. He’s the kind of guy I have to get out of there, and I didn’t do it.”

Vets Okami, Shields also victorious

In the co-headliner, veteran Yushin Okami (34-10) finished strong to pick up a no-doubt unanimous-decision victory over welterweight Andre Luis Leal Lobato (24-7). Okami easily scored takedowns and simply overpowered the underdog once on the mat during the three-round affair.

Okami, a former UFC middleweight title challenger, has now won four straight since dropping down to welterweight.

In welterweight action, former WSOF title challenger and ex-Strikeforce champion Jake Shields(32-9-1) dominated Danny Davis Jr. (13-12-1) for a clear-cut unanimous-decision victory. With a stifling ground game and an endless string of submission attempts, the big-show vet took the victory via lopsided 30-24, 30-24 and 30-25 scores.

In the main-card opener, middleweight Bruno Santos (16-2) used a heavy top game to wear down Rex Harris (10-3) and pick up a unanimous-decision victory. The Brazilian controlled the former collegiate wrestler and picked up the win via 30-27 scores across the board.

Official “PFL: Everett” results included:

MAIN CARD

  • Andre Harrison def. Steven Rodriguez via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Yushin Okami def. Andre Luis Leal Lobato via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jake Shields def. Danny Davis Jr. via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-24, 30-25)
  • Bruno Santos def. Rex Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD

For more on “PFL: Everett,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: Watch today's PFL: Everett weigh-ins at 8 p.m. ET

PFL: Everett weigh-ins take place today at 8 p.m. ET, and you can watch them streamed live on MMAjunkie.

The event’s main card, which takes place in Everett, Wash., on Saturday, will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, Andre Harrison (16-0) takes on Steven Rodriguez (10-2) in a featherweight bout.

But the rest of the main card has some solid star power. Yushin Okami (33-10) takes on Andre Lobato (24-6) at middleweight; Jake Shields (31-9-1) meets Danny Davis Jr. (12-11-1) in a welterweight bout; and Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) fights Rex Harris (10-2) at middleweight.

Check back later today to see the weigh-ins.

The full PFL: Everett lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Andre Harrison vs. Steven Rodriguez
  • Andre Lobato vs. Yushin Okami
  • Danny Davis Jr. vs. Jake Shields
  • Shamil Gamzatov vs. Rex Harris

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)

For more on “PFL: Everett,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Jake Shields training in NYC for upcoming PFL fight, focused on winning $1 million tourney

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Two-time World Series of Fighting title challenger Jake Shields gets back to work next week under a new promotional banner, with a new promotional goal: $1 million dollars.

That’s going to be up for grabs next year, according to the PFL, when a 12-man tournament commences at welterweight.

“I’ve got to see how everything’s structured, but that’s probably the plan,” Shields, who on July 29 faces Danny Davis, Jr. at PFL: Everett, told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ve got to win that million dollars to keep paying that rent.”

PFL: Everett takes place at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The event’s main card airs live on NBSCN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Shields (31-9-1), who lost bids for the WSOF belt against Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch, recently relocated from his longtime home in San Francisco to New York City. He now trains at Renzo Gracie Academy, where he’s taken up with jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher, who famously strategized ex-UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre’s mat assault.

“He’s been a phenomenal coach – the guy’s a genius in jiu-jitsu,” Shields said of Danaher. “His style is all about submission. I’ve always been an OK submission guy but really good at controlling with jiu-jitsu. I’m looking to take my game to a different level and get those finishes.”

Those would undoubtedly give Shields a high seed in the tournament, which will crown a winner by December 2018. But first, he needs to beat Davis, Jr., who poses his own set of challenges as an opponent.

The danger, at least the way Shields sees it, is that he’s supposed to win. Davis, Jr. (13-11-1) is an unflattering 3-3 in the WSOF cage.

“He’s a guy I don’t really know anything about,” Shields said. “I’m sure I’m the big favorite. I think I’ve beaten five UFC or PRIDE champs. When you have a record like that, and you fight somebody you’ve never heard of, makes it a little tough to get psyched up for. But my mindset is to take it serious, because you don’t want to lose to the guy you’re supposed to beat.”

After all, Shields doesn’t want to miss out on the biggest potential payday of his career.

For more on PFL: Everett, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2488 with Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Shields and Harrison compete on July 29 at “PFL: Everett” vs. Danny Davis Jr. and Steven Rodriguez, respectively. Bell is coming off a win at Bellator 181 this past Friday, defeating Brittney Elkin via TKO.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Kurt Holobaugh, Jake Shields, Andre Harrison and Amanda Bell.

Holobaugh defeated Matt Bessette on July 11 at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1.” Shields fights Danny Davis Jr. and Harrison meets Steven Rodriguez on July 29 at “PFL: Everett.” Bell defeated Brittney Elkin on Friday at Bellator 181.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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