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Jake Shields Heading Back Up to Middleweight, Plans on Late-Summer Return


(Damn. We had completely repressed this memory.)

As confirmed on last night’s episode of UFC Tonight, Jake Shields will be returning to middleweight for his next fight, and will make his Octagon debut as a 185′er in the late summer. According to the report, Shields feels healthier at the higher weight and plans to add muscle to his frame during the transition. Making 170 has been a struggle for Shields in the past, and the difficulty of the welterweight cut was a factor in the decision.

As a UFC welterweight contender, Shields has somewhat fallen short of expectations. His four appearances have resulted in a 2-2 stretch highlighted by an anemic split-decision win over Martin Kampmann, a failed title-challenge against Georges St. Pierre, and a 53-second knockout loss against Jake Ellenberger. Most recently, Shields won a unanimous decision against Yoshihiro Akiyama, who was making his welterweight debut that night.

During his brief stint as a middleweight in Strikeforce, Shields won the promotion’s vacant middleweight title by out-pointing Jason Miller, then defended his belt in a stunning comeback against Dan Henderson. Will Shields be able to recapture some of that old magic in the UFC’s middleweight ranks? And who would you like to see him fight first? We know one guy who’s still waiting for his rematch, buddy

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linzhanal- March 29, 2012 at 10:37 am
http://tinyurl.com/goodb4biz
aaronb- March 29, 2012 at 7:26 am
He's basically a 90% version of Chael Sonnen. I see no reason he can't be at minimum a top 10ish 185er? Maybe a credible challenger at some point.
DTF- March 29, 2012 at 1:02 am
He looks skinny at ww and needs strength training.
Sopapo- March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am
Finally, he should have gone MW in the first place. The drop to welter made no sense to me since A.Silva is the most acomplished champ after all.
Anhonestmoose- March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am
I don't see Shields being a threat to either title.
RwilsonR- March 28, 2012 at 8:32 am
No word from CP on King Mo getting canned? Just as well. I hope that asshole just fades into obscurity.
Chonde- March 28, 2012 at 7:34 am
I agree with this decision. Go back where you were champ. The weight cut takes too much strength from him and he will benefit from being at 185
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