"I came from a wrestling background, which was kind of the high-paced pressure where you always attack. Then I got into jiu-jitsu, which was kind of the opposite. The idea was to be more tentative, to wait for a little bit, relax and go for submissions. They're both great concepts. I figured with MMA, in a five-minute round, you want that high technical end of the jiu-jitsu with the submissions, but you also want to pressure and bring the fight, so I mixed the two. Brazilians try and say that no-Gi is not Brazilian jiu-jitsu, so that's why I came up with taking two disciplines together, with the high pace of wrestling with the skill and technique of jiu-jitsu. I feel great, and I am doing all I can to get better. I am trying to refine my American jiu-jitsu, and I've been working a ton of striking, as well. I want to go out there and bring it to him. That's my style. And I think Kampmann is a tough opponent. He's a great stand-up fighter, and he's just really well-rounded, with grappling as well. His wrestling's pretty good, too, but I don't think it's at my level."
Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields has a new style for Martin Kampmann to worry about at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 in Anaheim. The Cesar Gracie product has remained undefeated over five years across the span of 14 fights with victories over Dan Henderson, Robbie Lawler and Jason Miller. Shields has been vocal about his desire to face Georges St. Pierre as a UFC employee and may be one fight away from getting his wish -- unless "The Hitman" has anything to say about it. Anyone thinking the Dane will play spoiler? Or is Shields and his "American Jiu-Jitsu" on another level entirely?