98In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there are numerous fighters that have competed in other promotions and been champions elsewhere that have yet to find UFC gold. That is the story with UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields. Shields was the EliteXC welterweight champion when that promotion went under and was the Strikeforce middleweight champion before moving to the UFC and its stout welterweight division.

Since entering the UFC, Shields has done 1-2-1NC and in a middleweight bout with Ed Herman, got the victory, but later had it overturned after failing a drug test. Despite that hiccup, Shields has had a solid career. What are the biggest fights of his professional mixed martial arts career and what has been the outcome in those big fights?

EliteXC: Unfinished Business vs. Nick Thompson for EliteXC Welterweight Title

In this 2008 fight, Shields fought Thompson to determine who would crowned the first ever EliteXC welterweight champion. Coming into the fight, Thompson had won 12 in a row on the independent circuit and was the Bodog welterweight champion. Shields needed just 63 seconds to lock on a One Armed Guillotine Choke and claim the title.

Rumble on the Rock 9 vs. Carlos Condit

Long before either fighter made it to the UFC, they competed in the finals of the ROTR welterweight tournament. Today, Condit is one of the best welterweights in the world, but in 2006, was still an up and coming star. The fight went the full 15 minutes and Shields walked away the victor via unanimous decision.

EliteXC: Heat vs. Paul Daley for EliteXC Welterweight Title

In his first and only title defense in EliteXC, Shields defended the title against the London native. This 2008 fight was long before Daley made it to the UFC and became known as the guy who punched Josh Koscheck in the face after their fight. At this stage in his career, he was a raw talent that had difficulties putting together winning streaks. In this fight, Daley lasted until the second round with Shields before getting caught in a Straight Armbar.

Strikeforce: Nashville vs. Dan Henderson for Strikeforce Middleweight Title

In his first and only title defense in Strikeforce, Shields took on the MMA legend Dan “Hendo” Henderson. Shields was coming off his decisive victory to win the vacant title against Jason “Mayhem” Miller and was facing one of the most talented opponents in his career. Fighting in front of a raucous crowd in Nashville, Shields claimed the victory via unanimous decision.

UFC 121 vs. Martin Kampmann

After defeating Henderson, Shields ventured into the UFC for the first time in his career. Having competed in just about every major promotion in the United States, Shields was ready to take on the best in the UFC. In his first fight in the UFC, he dropped down to welterweight and took on Kampmann in a UFC welterweight title eliminator fight. This fight between Shields and the Dane went 15 minutes and was extremely close. At the end of 15 minutes, it was Shields that claimed the victory via split decision.

UFC 129 vs. Georges St-Pierre for UFC Welterweight Title

His win against Kampmann gave Shields the chance to compete for the welterweight title against GSP. At this stage in his career, Shields was 26-4-1 and was riding a 15 fight winning streak. He had proved he was the best welterweight fighter outside of GSP and wanted to take his title away. Unfortunately for him, he may have been the best fighter in the division outside of GSP, but the difference between GSP and everyone else is substantial. GSP easily won via unanimous decision.