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Jake Shields: I beat Robbie Lawler in the past and I would beat him again

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"I thought [Lawler vs. MacDonald] was a great fight. That was a good back-and-forth fight that was really close. I actually had Rory a little bit ahead going into the fourth or the fifth -- I think it was the fourth round -- and Robbie just brought the pressure up and knocked him out. I think it was a great performance. I would love to fight Robbie. He's a guy that I have always had a lot of respect for. I beat him in the past and of course I think I'd beat him again. I mean, it would be a tough fight. I think he has improved a lot, but I think I have as well."

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) welterweight No. 1 contender Jake Shields is fighting reigning division champion Rousimar Palhares this Saturday night (Aug. 1, 2015) in the main event of WSOF 22 (details). But that hasn't stopped the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pound contender from keeping tabs on his old stomping grounds, where Robbie Lawler has captured -- and retained -- the promotion's welterweight title. Probably because Shields submitted the "Ruthless" warrior during their catchweight fight under the Strikeforce banner way back in 2009, and told the boys at Submission Radio he could likely do it again. That would require a win over "Toquinho" this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as an invite back to the world's preeminent combat sports promotion. Hey, it could happen.