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Jake Shields is a former Strikeforce champion and title contender when he was in the UFC.

This Saturday night, Shields will take on Rousimar Palhares for World Series of Fighting welterweight gold.

Shields (31-7-1) is a perfect 2-0 since coming over to the WSOF, scoring first round finishes vs. Brian Foster and Ryan Ford. In all, Shields has 12 submission wins to his credit – and would like nothing more than making Palhares No. 13.

“If I have it I’m going to try and break it,” said Shields, during a recent interview with Submission Radio, regarding a submission attempt on Palhares. “I mean obviously if he taps I’m gonna stop. I’m not gonna risk getting suspended over something stupid like that, but I’m definitely gonna grab it try to rip anything I get.”

Palhares has made headlines several times after not releasing submission attempts after the fighter had tapped. That includes a win over Mike Pierce that led to his 2013 release from the UFC.

A veteran of the sport, Shields isn’t buying the “misunderstood” claim made by Palhares regarding the submission holds.

“I think he’s a really bad person who enjoys hurting people, or he’s really stupid,” he said. “There’s no way that he just, you know, he’d have to be really stupid to not understand that he holds a submission too long. We’re submission guys, that’s what we do. We train all the time, we’re used to people tapping in training. He’s been hurting people in training as well.”

ufc on fox 16

Dominick Cruz was the first fighter to wear the UFC bantamweight title.

Current champion T.J. Dillashaw wants to defend his 135-pound title against Cruz – assuming “The Dominator” can stay healthy.

Cruz was stripped of the title after suffering back-to-back knee injuries. He is currently sidelined once again, but is anticipating a return either late in 2015 or early in 2016.

Dillashaw scored his second title defense with a fourth round TKO victory over Renan Barao at UFC on FOX 16 over the weekend. He won the belt by stopping Barao last year and defended it vs. Joe Soto.

“If he stays healthy (I want to face Cruz),” said Dillashaw, during the post-fight show after his recent win. “I don’t know if he can. Come on Dominick, let’s get after it.

“He used to be the champ.”

The Team Alpha Male fighter used an incredible offensive attack to best Barao, peppering him with shots. He ended the bout with a flurry early in the fourth.

“Our plan was don’t try to out-perform yourself,” he said. “We worked on some things that needed to be tightened up. We wanted to be fast and first.”

While Barao started to fatigue from the back-and-forth stand-up affair, Dillashaw never did.

“My cardio is awesome,” he said. “I have confidence being the champion. You go in there with the idea you can’t lose and you believe in yourself.”

Having dispatched Barao twice now, Dillashaw said “peace out. I don’t have to deal with him for a while.”

ufc 190

This coming Saturday night, Ronda Rousey will face off against another unbeaten contender, as she defends her bantamweight title at UFC 190 against Bethe Correia.

In the video below, check out Rousey vs. a fellow Olympic medalist in Sara McMann.

ufc on fox 16

The bantamweight title was on the line Saturday night at UFC on FOX 16 from the United Center in Chicago.

For the second straight time, T.J. Dillashaw dominated Renan Barao, retaining the title with a fourth round TKO victory.

Last year, Dillashaw finished the Brazilian in the fifth in a fight he was completely controlling. This time around, the Team Alpha Male fighter needed just three-plus rounds, scoring a complete victory over Barao.

Miesha Tate possibly secured a third meeting with Ronda Rousey, as the former Strikeforce champion claimed a decision victory over Jessica Eye. Should Rousey defend her title next month, Tate is expected to challenge her.

Edson Barboza pushed his record to 16-3 and handed Paul Felder his first pro loss with a decision victory. After falling behind in the first round, the Brazilian came on over the last 10 minutes. The win moved Barboza to 3-1 in his last four and 6-2 over his last eight.

“Fight-Night Bonus” machine Joe Lauzon started off the FOX main card in convincing fashion, finishing veteran Takanori Gomi. Lauzon, after several shots to a defenseless Gomi, just stepped off him and walked away.

Ultimate Fighter alum Tom Lawlor made a triumphant return to the UFC with a thrilling second round knockout of Gian Villante. “Filthy” connected with a perfectly-timed right hook as Villante was coming in, knocking him out to conclude the prelims.

Jim Miller picked up a much-needed decision, besting Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo. Miller won for the first time since an early 2014 submission win over Yancy Medeiros.

Welterweights Ben Saunders and Kenny Robertson put on a 15-minute battle, as Saunders scored the split decision. “Killa B” almost had the finish a handful of times, bloodying Robertson with vicious elbows in the third.

Bryan Caraway, Tate’s boyfriend, started off the televised action with a decision win over Eddie Wineland. Caraway picked up his 20th career win, while Wineland was competing for the first time in 400-plus days after suffering a second broken jaw.

James Krause scored a quick submission win over Daron Cruickshank via rear-naked choke early in the first round in the main online UFC Fight Pass prelim.

In other early prelim action, Zak Cummings knocked out Dominique Steele just 43 seconds into the first round, while Elizabeth Phillips earned a decision over Jessamyn Duke and Andrew Holbrook scored a split decision over Ramsey Nijem in his Octagon debut.

Earning “Fight of the Night” was Barboza and Felder, while Dillashaw and Lawlor picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four earned $50,000, as the live gate was announced at $1.2 million with an attendance of 11,663.

Complete results can be found below, while full play-by-play can be found on FightLine:

T.J. Dillashaw def. Renan Barao via TKO (strikes) at :35 of Round 4 to remain UFC bantamweight champion

Miesha Tate def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Edson Barboza def. Paul Felder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Joe Lauzon def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (strikes) at 2:30 of Round 1

Tom Lawlor def. Gian Villante via KO (right-hand) at :27 of Round 2

Jim Miller def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Ben Saunders def. Kenny Robertson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Bryan Caraway def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

James Krause def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 1

Andrew Holbrook def. Ramsey Nijem via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Elizabeth Phillips def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Zak Cummings def. Dominique Steele via TKO (strikes) at :43 of Round 1

ufc on fox 16

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 16.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the United Center in Chicago, with a title fight and No. 1 contender match all set to headline.

In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight championship against former titleholder Renan Barao. Dillashaw won the title from Barao with a fifth round TKO last year and the two have had a pair of planned rematches scrapped since.

First, Barao passed out while attempting to cut weight for the fight to cancel the first rematch, while the second was delayed when Dillashaw suffered a broken rib.

The co-main event boasts a title-eliminator in the female bantamweight ranks, as former title-contender Miesha Tate takes on Jessica Eye. The winner is expected to face either Ronda Rousey or Bethe Correia next.

Edson Barboza takes on Paul Felder and Joe Lauzon meets Takanori Gomi in the other two FOX main card fights at lightweight. Original plans called for Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Jury, but injuries knocked both fighters out of action.

Four of the six prelims will also air on FOX, including the return of Tom Lawlor vs. Gian Villante. Jim Miller vs. Danny Castillo, Kenny Robertson vs. Ben Saunders and Eddie Wineland vs. Bryan Caraway round out the televised prelims.

Competing on UFC Fight Pass will be Daron Cruickshank and James Krause, Ramsey Nijem and Andrew Holbrook, Jessamyn Duke and Elizabeth Phillips, and Zak Cummings and Dominique Steele.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep clicking “refresh” for the latest results:


Zak Cummings def. Dominique Steele via TKO (strikes) at :43 of Round 1

Elizabeth Phillips def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrew Holbrook def. Ramsey Nijem via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

James Krause def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 1

Eddie Wineland vs. Bryan Caraway

We begin the televised action with bantamweights Eddie Wineland (21-10-1) and Bryan Caraway (19-7). Caraway will be cornered by girlfriend Miesha Tate, who competes in the co-main event later this evening. Wineland is fighting for the first time in over 400 days after suffering a broken jaw.

Round 1: Wineland very aggressive, as he was bothered by Caraway’s call-outs via social media after Wineland suffered the broken jaw. He lands first, but Caraway gets in close and scores with the takedown. Wineland throwing heavy, heavy shots; he’s missing, but that power is keeping Caraway from trying for any takedowns. The jab is finding a home for Caraway, who shoots for a takedown and is denied. Good round for Caraway, as he avoided the power and was able to do damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 2: Caraway getting the better of Wineland, as the former WEC champion appears rusty and a step slow. He’s still throwing those haymakers, but Caraway is easily able to slip out of the way. Duck-under and a sprawl from Wineland to avoid the takedown, but he eats a knee to the body for his effort. Good work to the body by Wineland, who has been opened up on the face. It appears to be a cut under the eye of Wineland. Much like the first, more production out of Caraway through the first few minutes of this round. Caraway catches him in the clinch and tees off with a series of lefts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Round 3: Caraway going for the kill here early, storming out after Wineland and connecting. Another excellent takedown defended by Wineland, who has to feel he is down on the scorecards and needs a finish. An all-around excellent performance from Caraway, and this should do nothing but give Tate motivation and momentum for her fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway

Bryan Caraway def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kenny Robertson vs. Ben Saunders

We head up to the welterweight for the second time tonight with Kenny Robertson (15-3) and Ben Saunders (18-6-2).

Round 1: Saunders with a big reach and height advantage as these two come out swinging. Kicks and knees from Saunders connect, as Robertson is trying to push the pressure and get in close. He’s in on a single-leg, switches to a double and scores with the takedown. Big hammer-fists from Robertson come firing down as Saunders ties him up. Triangle-choke is secured by Saunders, as Robertson is able to get out of that and avoid the omoplata attempt, as well. Heavy, heavy kicks from Saunders. They are being partially blocked, but still doing some damage to the body of Robertson. Robertson connects with some heavy shots, including an upper-cut, as Saunders is trying to fire back. Two straight kicks land to Robertson, followed by a knee, and he gets caught against the fence for a brief moment. As the announcers are concerned over a potential broken arm for Robertson, he lands, flooring Saunders.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Round 2: Robertson’s right arm might be injured, but he’s still throwing it with evil intentions. He mixes those up with shots to the body and he has Saunders backing up. Good inside leg kicks by Robertson, who is really keeping Saunders off balance with his striking. Low blow from Saunders causes a break in the action. About the only really good offense from Saunders has been the kicks to the body. Robertson has been landing at will with his strikes, backing him up constantly. Flurry of shots by Robertson to end the round, including some really stiff shots to the face by the high school teacher.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Round 3: Sense of urgency from Saunders to start, as he lands a front-kick and continues to follow up. Nice kick to the body followed by a straight-left from Saunders. He’s got Robertson reeling a bit and is looking to continue to attack. Crazy spinning back-fist fails from Robertson, but he uses his wrestling skill to score a takedown. Saunders into mission control with his legs way up and in a submission-threatening position. He’s looking for a triangle choke, cutting Robertson open with sharp elbows. Three minutes left in this final round and Saunders has him a bloody mess from the bottom attack. Robertson survives the submission attempt and gets free as the round – and fight – comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Saunders

Ben Saunders def. Kenny Robertson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

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