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Jake Shields Signs With UFC, Will Debut as a Welterweight

(Time to make the donuts. / Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.) makes it official — and we can forget this nonsense about Jake staying at middleweight:

Jake Shields will be debuting at the 170lbs weight division in the UFC. After careful consideration and consulting with UFC representatives it was determined Jake would be finally going back to his original fighting weight. Jake’s opponent is one of the UFC’s top contenders and will be announced shortly.

It’s obviously the best way to go. If Shields can run through one or two prominent welterweights by the time Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck finish their little lover’s spat on TUF 12 (and subsequent title fight), he’ll be nicely set up for a shot at the belt. Any guesses as to who he’ll draw first?

Currently on a 14-fight win streak, Shields has spent the majority of his career at welterweight, but hasn’t competed at 170 since October 2008, when he defeated Paul Daley by second-round armbar in an EliteXC title defense. Since then, he’s gone 3-0 as a middleweight in Strikeforce, scoring wins over Robbie Lawler, Jason Miller, and Dan Henderson.

(Random thought: I wonder if Jake’s original desire to stay at 185 came from the fact that his only Cesar Gracie camp-mate in the UFC, Nate Diaz, is now competing at welterweight. Probably too early to start worrying about something like that, but you know how loyal these guys are…)

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noahknows- July 20, 2010 at 8:10 am
it wouldbe a good figh but only because imo i don't think jake could handle ant's power. Jake "hides behind" shields would be KO'd 1st round
noahknows- July 20, 2010 at 8:06 am
so you think Ko's will beat GSP? did u see their first go around? it was a snooze fest but one that had GSP sleeping on top of ko's at will
Yves Latrine- July 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Condit, Ben Saunders, Swick...?
Almost North- July 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Are you sure that it was a Holiday Inn and not a crack house?
stopdrinkingpee- July 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm
Shields is a consensus top-5 MW, despite that it's not his natural weight class. He shouldn't have to win more than one fight to earn a title shot, and if he doesn't get the winner of Fitch/Alves, I am going to throw a hissy fit. It might be a small hissy fit if he gets Kampmann or Hughes, though.

His LNP against Mayhem was boring as shit, no doubt.
ComaPlata- July 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm
I'll say it first... Shields will fight KOS for the belt and loose. He will move back up to 185, fight a few warm up fights, then it will be Shields vs Sonnen for the MW belt in an epic wrestling showdown where Sonnen beats on him for 3 and half. Halfway thru the 4th Shields (who will be on the bottom) will catch Sonnen in a triangle. No i'm not a psychic... but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
ghostboner- July 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Oh shit! iDestroy brings out the big gunzzzz! Ha ha ha I wish I had thought of that one!
iDestroy- July 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm
Shields is so boring..

He has to give his opponent staph, so that he can say actually did some damage in the fight.
BuckWild- July 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm
He should fight Anthony Johnson. I think it could be exciting if Rumble gets some good strikes in before he gets taken down.

Almost North- July 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Jake Shields is so boring...

He likes the clip shows that Myth Busters pass off as new episodes.
ghostboner- July 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Ok actually I think he will probably end up fighting...

Jake Shields is so boring that Dana fell asleep during contract negotiations. And Dana NEVER SLEEPS.

Jake Shields is so boring that Dana agreed to pay him a 50% PPV share, if a PPV he headlines has more than 10 buys.

Jake Shields is so boring that in order to get that PPV share the ten people who bought it must also answer a series of questions to prove that they were awake for the entire thing, and that they didn't change the channel to watch Myth Busters.
ghostboner- July 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm
For his first fight I think he will get....

Jake Shields is so boring that I just don't I don't care to speculate who he is gonna "fight".
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- July 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm
hes such a snore fest
Almost North- July 16, 2010 at 11:29 am
Jake Shields is so boring....

That he should rise immediately to the top of the wrestleweight division.
Swedish- July 16, 2010 at 11:24 am
Welcome to the Major Leagues Jake!
kingmantis- July 16, 2010 at 11:22 am
Lol @ Hazelett being unstoppable! I think Paul Daley's fist begs to differ. He looked very stoppable in that fight.

I'm a big fan of Diego Sanchez and I'd really like to see him fight Shields: a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu student vs. a Saulo Ribeiro student would make an interesting ground fight IMO.

Although a personal friend of mine whose close to Joe Silva tells me they're going to have Shields fight Bob Sapp in his octagon debut and if he does well, a matchup with Dan Quinn at Moneyweight.
El Guapo- July 16, 2010 at 10:50 am
What did one twat say to the other twat?

Shields is gonna be hard to beat at welter. He took Hendo's best shots then proceeded to shut him out. I know fight math doesn't work like that, but which current welter can beat Hendo?? Pains me to say this, too, because I'd rather get a root canal than watch Jake fight. GSP vs Shields, Battle of the Bore, 2011

thescott13- July 16, 2010 at 10:33 am
Sorry Nicey, didn't realize one of em was your girlfriend and the other your mom...What are the odds???? On a side note , what is your deal? That's kind of a random assessment and needless to say" I am not impressed by your performance."

KarmaAteMyCat- July 16, 2010 at 9:01 am
One thing is fact just like Tyson said in the article they posted Some fighters go in there main destroy dismantle, if it has a cesar gracie jujitsu logo then it's not a hype. The least skilled out of all those boys or maybe just the least interested anymore is the younger diaz brother. However there is no hype in this situation, we aren't talking about some bullshit guys who(are old and run by the mob). we're talking about guys who train everyday IN and OUT shields is gonna put it to some mother fuckers in a manner of saying, but hey anyone can get caught at any given time.
Kid Clam Curtains- July 16, 2010 at 8:55 am
@ nooger

Shields would wipe the floor with Diego Sanchez.
Omelette Platter- July 16, 2010 at 8:54 am
pretty much what everyone else is gettin' at: paulo thiago or martin kampmann first, then winner of alves/fitch for a title shot provided he wins the first one. seems winnable for shields, though i'm thinking a fitch/shields fight could be fifteen minutes better spent doing anything besides watching a fitch/shields fight.

looking at it like this, i'd love to see kampmann vs alves...
Defender- July 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

Yeah, he's pretty over-rated. What with being undefeated for 5 years, winning two belts (in two different weight classes) and defending them twice (once against Dan Henderson...OMG PRIDE!!!), and with wins over Henderson, Miller, Lawler, Daley, Pyle, Condit's not like he was given a fucking free ride.

Haters gotta hate I guess. Lemme're a Fedor fan?

Oh said he would be exposed is first THREE fights. That's even worse.
Defender- July 16, 2010 at 8:31 am
I don't want him to fight Kampmann...but honestly, that is the only logical fight to make right now. He's on his way up, Shields has proven himself (in MMA, not the UFC...calm down)...and a loss to Shields really doesn't hurt Kampmann THAT much. Then, it just makes sense to me to have him fight the winner of Alves/Fitch and then GSP/Koschek (read: GSP)

I know this is random, and outta left field....but I wouldn't be surprised to see him fight Dustin Hazelett. He's on a tear...but I really feel Shields will wreck him by tossing that lanky dude around so much it makes him look like a "new" GSP. Plus, a friend of mine know Hazelett personally...and I guess he's a giant douche who thinks he's unstoppable. Maybe I just want to see my friends reaction to watching him get crushed.
midget tosser- July 16, 2010 at 8:30 am
Shields is over rated and will be exposed in his first three fights! Bank on it.
nooger- July 16, 2010 at 8:27 am
if he fights kampmann he will lose