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Jake Shields Feels Like Middleweight Move ‘A Good Idea’

Jake Shields has been a middleweight before, having won the Strikeforce 185-pound title before entering the UFC.

After some pushing from a certain UFC matchmaker, Shields will return to the middleweight ranks this Saturday night at UFC 150 against Ed Herman.

“It was a tough decision, but then Joe Silva said he wanted to see me up there so I’m giving it a shot,” said Shields, in a recent interview with “I think it’s a good idea. I felt really good training at this weight. I feel strong and have a small weight cut, so hopefully everything goes smooth.”

Shields won his last fight, defeating Yoshihiro Akiyama. He had been defeated in his previous two Octagon appearances prior, and is 27-6-1 in his career.

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  • tizzle

    sucks he lost to GSP cuz I think he could submit him and defeat him maybe if he works back towards a rematch ? but when Nick Diaz signed Im sure he thought about MW. Just cuz Shields lost or Koscheck and others who lost to Gsp shouldnt mean they should never get another title shot , because lets face it they are the elite of the ufc and division of 170 and could absolutely beat a easily injured Georges. Im sick of hearing media and fans say they need to move up or cut down and move out of 170 but cmon in other sports like perfect example Buffalo Bills who lost to Cowboys like three times in a row , do you think someone told them to move on and maybe try Baseball or basketball ? no the Bills were good and if they rematched or played 5 times they might of won the majority of the games. Shields is still a very good fighter and deserves to be in the top 5 of either 170 o 185. I dont think Anderson Silva is an easier fight than GSP but they are both tough and the way Jake looked at 170 was death he looked like the weight cutting was affecting him alot, so at 185 he breathes some new life in that division which is good cuz aside from like 4-5 guys its in need of new talent and anyone who hasnt fought Andy is realistically only one win away from being bumped up past the others who are considered lunch for the champion. NOt shields though I believe he can submit anybody he just needs to get past a few 185ers and take down Silva and then work himself towards some sub attempts and then he can definietly defeat an aging anderson

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