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Jake Shields Would Rather Fight GSP Than Josh Koscheck

Even though I’m kind of friends with Koscheck, I have a preference for GSP, just because he’s a bigger name, the more hype and the guy I’ve wanted to fight forever. So I’ll be torn watching the fight, being friendly with Koscheck but wanting to fight GSP. From a business standpoint, I’d rather it be GSP…[Koscheck and I] aren’t that close; we’re more sparring partners. We’re not great friends like we’re hanging out together but we’ve always got along well in the gym. I know a lot of people don’t care for him but I’ve always thought he was a good guy… I trained with him a lot for the [Dan] Henderson fight.

—Jake Shields telling MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta that he’d rather fight Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title than Josh Koscheck

Jake Shields may be rooting for GSP to beat Josh Koscheck when December rolls around, but will it matter? Shields says he deserves a title shot for winning 15 straight fights, and he probably does, but after his dreary performance at UFC 121 does anyone want to see it? Or more importantly, does Dana White want to see it? He didn’t seem quite as gung-ho about it after the fight as he was before, plus his boss, Lorenzo Fertitta, wants GSP vs. Anderson Silva next summer, which may not leave enough time for another GSP title defense in between. We’ll have to see how it all shakes out, but Jake may need to get through one more opponent before he gets his shot at UFC gold.

If that’s the case, how about Jake Ellenberger? He’s already calling Shields out, and by calling him out I mean calling him “Ms. Piggy” who’s as exciting to watch as “watching a bowl of mashed potatoes get cold.” Eh, not the best trash talk, but I think it was enough to get me more interested than I am in Shields vs. GSP/Koscheck.

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