Jake Shields Returning to Middleweight Division
By FCF Staff
Jake Shields is returning to the division where just two years ago, he reigned as the Strikeforce middleweight champion. In the latest episode of UFC Tonight, the FUEL TV program revealed that the highly regarded welterweight has decided to move back to 185 pounds.
During his title reign with Strikeforce, Shields scored wins over middleweight veterans like Jason Miller, Robbie Lawler and Dan Henderson, before moving to the UFC as a welterweight.
The 33 year-old-fighter has gone 2-2 while competing in the UFC’s 170lb. division, with losses coming against champion Georges St. Pierre and Jake Ellenberger, and wins against Martin Kampmann and most recently Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Prior to his unanimous decision loss to GSP last April, Shields had won 15 straight bouts and had not been defeated since December, 2004.
The date and opponent for Shields’ next fight has yet to be confirmed.