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.