Jake Shields is a finisher at heart, but he has lacked consistency throughout his career. Unfortunately for everyone other than Tyrone Woodley, Shields is in the midst of a finisher's dry spell.
Shields started his career by finishing three of his first four bouts. He then failed to finish opponents in eight of his next 10 victories. Shields rediscovered his submission game and finished eight fights in a row.
He broke his finishing streak with a decision over Jason Miller in 2010, and has not finished a fight since. Shields has participated six fights since the Miller bout. He has won three (four if you count his overturned fight with Ed Herman), and all have come via decision.
It is unlikely Shields will turn around his recent streak in the Woodley bout. Outside of Woodley falling over in all three rounds, Shields' best bet is to work his opponent against the cage, hold on, and wait for the bell.
If he does pull off a finish, he will make his way back to a 50 percent finish rate. While not a earth-shattering tally, it looks better than the current 48 percent he possesses.