For Jake Shields, main eventing a preliminary card made him realize just how great it feels competing on main cards.

Shields defeated Tyron Woodley over the weekend at UFC 161, but the bout was not moved on to the pay-per-view main card despite several matches being switched around.

“Getting pushed off the main card made me want to go out there and prove something,” said Shields, in an interview with after the event. “I was trying to put on an exciting fight.”

Shields was making both his return to welterweight and the Octagon after a suspension for failing his post-fight drug test last year. He moved up to middleweight and defeated Ed Herman, but the bout was changed to a no-contest due to the use of a banned substance.

While he didn’t name names as far as a future opponent, Shields did say, “I’ve beaten a lot of these top guys and would love to get back in there with any of the Top-5.”