UFC Quick Quote: Even Keith Jardine looks smoother than Jake Shields

Copyright: Martin McNeil

Tyron Woodley wants to keep it real. Real stiff that is, so that he can have his team mimic his UFC 161 opponent, Jake Shields.

"My partners are tired of mimicking him. I'm going to just keep it real: He's hella stiff. He's really stiff and he's unorthodox. Even Keith Jardine looks a little bit smoother than him. His jab, the way he throws his right hand and immediately goes to clinch, how he dives in on the legs -- it doesn't have to be pretty, but it gets the job done. He kicks to your right side, these little liver kicks, [and] it's annoying. ... I've got to be able to work my technique around what he's doing. He's going to throw jabs. His jabs look like he's trying to keep you away from him, like a defensive jab, but he's moving forward. It's just really weird. He can talk about knocking people out, but I don't know if he's ever even punched anybody and made them say ouch before. I think he is fooling himself if he thinks I'm buying into that. He's going to try to take me down. He's going to try to submit me. That's the one way he can win, and I have 10 ways I can win."

Former Strikeforce welterweight top prospect, Tyron Woodley, has a less-than-flattering review of Jake Shields' stand-up ahead of their UFC 161: "Evans vs. Henderson" clash on June 15, 2013 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Shields has just three of his 27 wins coming by way of knockout or technical knockout and is known primarily for his American Jiu-Jitsu, good enough to submit the likes of Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley and Mike Pyle. According to "The Chosen One" (via Sherdog's Beatdown Radio), that's the only option he has for winning a week from Saturday night -- compared to Woodley's 10. The two-time All-American wrestler isn't exactly Floyd Mayweather himself, so it will be interesting to see who does a better job of imposing their will on fight night. Your pick?

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