33-10-1 (1 NC) is a 39-year-old veteran who has fought
some of the biggest names in the sport. In his next appearance, the
California native will rematch Ray Cooper
on Oct. 20 at Entertainment and Sports Arena in
As the big day approaches, here are five things that you might not
know about the Cesar
Fight Team standout.
1. He was a talented wrestler.
Shields began wrestling at the age of nine. He went on to achieve
considerable success in the sport. While studying at Calaveras High
School, he claimed second place at the Amateur Athletic Union
National Freestyle Championships. After high school, he attended
Cuesta College, where he became a two-time junior college
All-American wrestler. Shields’ other accolades in amateur
wrestling include qualifying for the USA/FILA Nationals and the
World Team Trials, in the junior and university men’s
2. He is a vegetarian.
Due to his moral principles, self-confessed animal lover Shields
has abstained from eating meat his whole life. He once stated in an
interview, “I’m a vegetarian and it’s always been a way of life. It
seems normal.” It is his belief that the absence of meat in his
diet has been beneficial to his cardio. In support of this claim,
Shields points to other fighters who have asserted that embracing
vegetarianism has benefitted their fitness. A vocal opponent of dog
fighting, Shields has appeared in ads for People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals.
3. He has won gold in four promotions.
Shields has held belts in the Shooto and EliteXC promotions. In
2006, Shields emerged triumphant from the Rumble on the Rock
welterweight tournament. Shields was also the Strikeforce
middleweight champion. He claimed gold by beating Jason Miller
via unanimous decision in November 2009. In April 2011 at UFC 129,
Shields, who was on a 15-fight win streak, challenged Georges St.
for the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight
title. He lost the contest by unanimous decision. It was his first
defeat in over six years.
4. He intervened to help a wounded Trump supporter.
In 2017, during a protest at Berkeley’s University of California,
Shields found himself immersed in a riot that culminated in campus
buildings being damaged after a controversial commentator was to
speak at the campus. Shields had just left dinner in a nearby
restaurant when he came across a man in a Trump hat “covered in
blood” being attacked by protestors in masks. A disgusted Shields
confronted the protestors and rebuked them for their violent
behavior. The face-off, which was captured on camera, was posted on
5. He is a decorated submission grappler.
Long-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Shields has a lengthy list
of submission grappling accolades. In 2005, the then purple belt
won gold at the Pan American Championships. That same year, Shields
was awarded a bronze medal at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World
Championship. Other notable grappling achievements include three
Grapplers Quest Advance Champion titles and three Polaris first
place finishes. Shields has even invented his own style of
grappling, which is a no-gi mix of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submissions
and wrestling takedowns, throws and transitions. Shields, who has
named his method “American Jiu-Jitsu,” has the words tattooed on