Nice Jake shields interview. It's a bit of a long read but it starts from his downfall after losing to palhares. "Palhares had pressed his thumbs into Shields’ eyes. Referee Steve Mazzagatti warned the Brazilian and threatened a point deduction in the second round. In the closing seconds of the frame, Palhares again attacked the eyes. No point was taken." “I had to think about fighting again,” he added. “I seriously thought about whether or not this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. When you get thumbed in the eye, it gets kind of scary when you can’t see. When you start thinking about losing your eyes, you do get scared" He then talks about his debut in MMA, his first time in Japan with Nick Diaz before facing hayato sakurai, and how they did not get any help over there from the locals. http://m.sherdog.com/news/articles/Jake-Shields-An-Unexpected-Journey-115255#/slide/1 Have a good read if you're motivated!