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Jake Shields To Fight At Welterweight In The UFC (Update: Kampmann)

Jake Shields is headed to the UFC. We all know this. The question is, what weight class will the now-former Strikeforce middleweight champion compete in? Well, according to his fight camp, Jake has chosen to compete at his natural fighting weight of 170 lbs. He’ll debut against a “top contender.”

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.

Most outlets took this to mean Jake has actually signed with the UFC and is now officially on their roster, but that’s not entirely accurate says Josh Gross.

Jake Shields isn’t officially signed with the UFC. The money is agreed to, but the contract isn’t finalized. Next week most likely.

So basically it’s all but a done deal. While we wait for the inevitable official announcement, anyone want to take any guesses on who this “top contender” is?

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

Update: MMA Fighting is hearing that Jake Shields’ first opponent will be Martin Kampmann.

Two sources close to the situation have told MMA Fighting that Shields will eventually make his first foray into the octagon against welterweight contender Martin Kampmann.

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Shields’ signing is expected to be finalized in the next few days as the UFC moves to populate upcoming events.

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