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 MMAFighting.com. “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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