It was announced Tuesday night on “UFC Tonight” that Jake Shields will head to the middleweight ranks for his next fight inside the Octagon.

Shields competed for the UFC welterweight title, falling to Georges St-Pierre via decision. After a loss to Jake Ellenberger, Shields rebounded to defeat Yoshihiro Akiyama earlier this year.

However, it seems now that the former Strikeforce middleweight champion will return to 185. During his time in the division, Shields defeated such notable fighters as Dan Henderson, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Robbie Lawler.

The 33-year-old sports a career record of 27-6-1, and could become a quick challenger in the division if he can secure a big-name fight this year. With age starting to become a factor, staying at a higher weight class should allow Shields more time to work on training and staying in condition, instead of worrying about cutting weight.

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting