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UFC 121: Jake Shields wins UFC debut

Martin Kampmann, right, of Denmark, lands a right

Martin Kampmann, right, of Denmark, lands a right to the face of Jake Shields at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif. Shields won a split decision. (Oct. 23, 2010) Credit: AP

It may not be the most exciting thing to watch on fight night, when the testosterone flows as freely as the beer, but Jake Shields' grappling game should impress you the next morning when you talk about the fights with friends at an afternoon breakfast.

Shields completely controlled Kampmann on the ground for the first two rounds then, exhausted after 10 minutes, outlasted the fresher fighter to win his promotional debut at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday night.

Shields (26-4-1, 1-0 UFC) won a split decision, winning 30-27 and 29-28 on two judges' cards. The other judge scored it 29-28 for Kampmann. Not really sure which fight that judge watched.

The obviously gassed-out Shields in the third round makes you wonder how much the struggle to cut from 185 pounds to 170 affected him. No way Shields would last five rounds against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. That title shot is apparent after this win, according to UFC president Dana White who said he'd make that fight if Shields beat Kampmann (17-4, 8-3).

Of course, GSP needs to beat Josh Koscheck first at UFC 124 in December.

Watch the UFC 121 post-fight live video stream at 1:15 a.m. EDT

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