There’s the old saying ‘put your money where your mouth is’, and apparently Jake Shields did just that for UFC 196.
Shields is a longtime teammate of Nate Diaz, and cornered the fighter when he threw down with Conor McGregor on March 5th. So, he had quite the vantage point when Diaz turned the MMA world upside down, by tapping McGregor out in the second round.
Since the thrilling fight, Shields has been making the media rounds, and recently he spoke to Sherdog.com. While doing so, the galaxy glass grappler had this to say about Diaz’s victory:
“I absolutely thought Nate was going to win. I went and bet money on him,” Shields said, “There were things I was worried about. Like the fact that Nate was in Cabo right before the fight. Him and [Gilbert Melendez] were out in Cabo, drinking, eating, you know, having fun and partying, not training, so that was in the back of my head.
“Nate’s a cardio freak, so I was like, ‘Well hopefully that doesn’t hurt him.’ I definitely thought Nate was gonna win. I think Conor’s a great fighter, but I think he got a little overhyped.”
It’s one thing to say your buddy and training partner is going to win the fight. Of course, you’re expected to say that, even if you don’t believe it. Obviously Shields truly thought his friend would end McGregor’s undefeated UFC run. He was right on the money huh?
If you’re wondering what Shields has been up to lately, he’s still with World Series of Fighting. However, currently he’s at odds with promotion on his next fight and contract.
It also remains to be seen what the UFC books next for Diaz. Dana White has said he’s interested in seeing Diaz fight welterweight champ Robbie Lawler, but nothing has been announced yet.