At UFC 121 Jake Shields made his long awaited debut in the UFC against Martin Kampmann. What was supposed to set him up for a title shot at Georges St. Pierre instead made that fight look worthless as Shields badly tired and ended up barely squeaking out a split decision win.
Kampmann managed to get out of mount positions and never took any damage but he also used poor strategy in going for chokes and giving up position. Kampmann also refused to take advantage of chances to get back to distance where he could work his kickboxing game against the exhausted former Strikeforce champion. Shields managed to spend enough time on top working position to convince two judges he had won the fight.
The judges scored the bout 29-28 Kampmann, 30-27 Shields and 29-28 Shields.
The fight with GSP suddenly looks like one that Jake would lose and lose badly without much doubt.