I was very impressed by his performance last night. I haven't always liked Shields, I have never liked the way he used to punch with his fingers spread out (hate eye poke stoppages) and never really liked his character but by beating Maia in his own backyard, he earned my respect Last night was awesome, in the beginning he came out to the octagon into a really hostile atmosphere, it was like walking into the valley of death or something. I like that he came out to "seven nation army - the white stripes" which is a great "underdog" kind of song ... and the Brazilian crowd were booing the s**t out of him ... his whole demeanor and posture looked so bad and unconfident and like he knew he was gonna lose.... I started thinking "Come on Jakey boy!!, don't give up before it's started, mate!!" and I really started rooting for him. I personally didn't give Shields much of a chance in this fight, Maia had been on the tear at WW and I thought Shields was gonna be the marquee victory for Maia to catapult him into a title shot against GSP. The fight started and Maia was the aggressor, but Jake's experience and grappling was just so natural and his reflexes and movement was just incredible. His reactions to Maia's advances and movement were just so natural and I actually started clapping at the TV everytime he swept Maia or had him on his back!! The crowd went quiet as they saw Jake put on a grappling masterclass over one of the best grapplers in the game. He shut Maia down so bad that Brendan Schaub would have been proud. I think it was in the second round that Jake got cut and was bleeding quite a bit over his eye, but he didn't wilt, bit down on his mouth piece and grinded Maia out in one of the most gruelling fights there has been for a while. With all the negative energy from the fans and pressure to remain relevant in the UFC mounting on his shoulders, Jake Shields came through and handled it like a stud!! A true warrior!! Respect!!