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Wednesday, 03/28/2012, 08:22 am

Jake Shields Set To Return To Middleweight, August 2012 Likely

Most fighters, if they make a switch in weight class, move down after a loss. However, former Strikeforce middleweight champion and UFC welterweight number one contender Jake Shields is moving up in weight following his UFC 144 win over Yoshihiro Akiyama.

UFC officials announced the move on last night “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV.

After a run in Strikeforce to earn the Strikeforce middleweight title, Jake Shields moved to the UFC where he dropped down in weight for a chance to fight Georges St.-Pierre.

He was able to get past Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut to earn the shot, but he fell short and lost a tough decision against the UFC welterweight champion.

Shields went on to face Jake Ellenberger at “Fight Night 25” and he was knocked out in the very first round. He was then able to bounce back from the back-to-back losses that snapped his five-year, 15 fight win-streak with a successful performance over the aforementioned Akiyama.

Now, coming off a win he is opting to move up in weight where he once held Strikeforce gold and will no doubt look to utilize his wrestling prowess to make an impact in a division where superior wrestling wins fights. But will he be able to swim with the UFC sharks that occupy the 185 weight class?

Jake is expected to make his UFC middleweight debut in August of this year.

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19 Responses to “Jake Shields Set To Return To Middleweight, August 2012 Likely”

  1. Turkeykneck fun chav says:

    i like jake shields, but im not sure he can hang with these guys at 185

    • upunk says:

      hell yea he can ! he beat dan henderson, and dan is a LHW fighter too .

    • Mike McMack says:

      I think Jake is a better fit at 170 in the UFC but he will have success at 185 for sure. The size difference isn’t a big deal with Jake’s size because of his grappling style but he still needs to become more of a mixed martial artist if he’s going to have any chance at a UFC title in any weight class.

  2. lily fertig says:

    maybe he’ll fight chris weidman… really don’t know who he’s going to face…

  3. dante040 says:

    I always felt he was better at 185, like how Hendo is better at 205. Also less wrestlers at 185.

    • Ly-er says:

      Finally! I always felt that he did better at MW too, the weight cut seems to drain him alot, never really looked that impressive in WW once he came to the UFC!

  4. Jiu-Jitsu Is Life says:

    Old shields is coming back!! Ahhh yeahhhhh.

  5. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Make him fight Mark Munoz he needs a fight. I bet he’s fighting Damien Maia.

    I don’t think he can beat many of the MWs because alot of them specialize in areas he doesn’t, like wrestling and striking.

  6. Jader says:

    Give him chael after he loses to anderson.

  7. Justen says:

    Finally a not tired from weight cuting Jake. He’s gunna beat everyone he faces other then Anderson. lol. I’d like to see him against Bisping or munios.

  8. Nick says:

    I’d rather see him at 185. He looks better and healthier. I don’t think he could beat Silva or anything. But it’s the right weight for him.

  9. Josh says:

    Hes fighting Ed Herman Read the whole article

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