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Jake Shields Believes He’ll Know His Next Opponent Very Soon

Former UFC welterweight top contender Jake Shields is believed to be on the move to the middleweight division.

However, Shields doesn’t know for sure if he will fight at middleweight next, or remain at welterweight; or, for that matter, who he’s fighting.

“I’m just trying to lift a lot of weights, eating a lot, gaining a little weight. I’m putting on a few pounds on, just gotta make sure it’s the right kind of weight,” said Shields, during a recent interview on the UFC on FUEL TV 2 post-fight show. “I imagine within the next week or two I’ll have a for sure answer (on moving to middleweight).”

Shields is a former champion at middleweight, securing the Strikeforce title before signing with the UFC. He defeated Martin Kampmann in his debut inside the Octagon, but was stopped short by Georges St-Pierre and suffered a knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger.

In his most recent fight, Shields defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama in Japan. In moving to middleweight, Shields could have a much quicker run to another title shot, as the welterweight division remains stacked at the top right now with GSP, Carlos Condit and several others leading the way.

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