Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jake Shields will be moving up a weight class to compete in the middleweight division. The news was originally reported on last nights episode of UFC Today on FUEL TV. Shields is expected to make his UFC middleweight debut later this year.
Shields (27-6-1) was the Strikeforce middleweight champion prior to making the transition to the UFC. While in Strikeforce, he notched notable victories over Dan Henderson Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Robbie Lawler.
Shields has fought exclusively at welterweight since entering the UFC but the results have been mixed with a 2-2 record. In his debut at UFC 121 he would record a split decision victory over Martin Kampmann. Shields would then get a title shot against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre but he came up short in a five round decision loss. Shields would then suffer a 0:53 second knockout to Jake Ellenberger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 25 in fight. In his most recent bout at UFC 144, Shields defeated the tough veteran Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision to get back in the win column.
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