Jake Shields Considering Return to Middleweight

March 27, 2012
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Jake Shields UFC 144When fighters talk about shifting weight classes, the vast majority of them talk about dropping down a weight class. It’s commonplace for fighters to go as far down as they can to have the greatest size advantage possible over their competition.

UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields is taking a different tack. He’s looking at making the move up.

Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight on Tuesday night reported that Shields is moving up to the 185-pound division later this year, likely in July or August.

Shields, however, told MMAWeekly.com that the move up to middleweight is not yet definitive. He said he has changed up his weight training routine and diet to see if things move in the right direction for him to make the move, but he’s not ready to totally commit until he gives his body a chance to respond.

Shields has held titles both at welterweight and middleweight, so a move back up isn’t heading into foreign territory. Shields, in fact, was the Strikeforce middleweight champion before moving over to the UFC in 2010, having successfully defended his belt against Dan Henderson.

Such a move would be a first for Shields in the Octagon, where he has competed solely at welterweight up to this point.

(Damon Martin contributed to this report.)

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  • phrankthetank

    Good call for shields. WW is a shark tank right now.

    • Anthony

      agreed-id go so far as to say 170 is the toughest wt class, but 155 is right there with it—Middle wt is no picnic either–another deep division-UFC harbers the best in the world at any wt class–I think at middle ,theres too elite strikers(A. Silvea, Belfort, V.Silva,Bisping etc) If Shields cant take the fight to the ground, hes a sitting duck, for these guys. Theylll pick him apart like GSP did—Good luck Jake

      • phrankthetank

        I think the benefits outweigh the risks for shields. At any division he needs to get the fight to the ground, at middleweight he’ll be faster and have better cardio. Once people are on the ground that’s size difference doesn’t mean much. He’s gonna get knocked around on the feet in any division.

  • macgrubber

    who cares. he can fight at any weight class he wants his standup is still going to be horrible and painful to watch.

  • LongDongSilver

    His endurance will improve but so will his chances of getting ktfo’d

  • Prodigy815

    Doesn’t matter where he goes.

  • KingSlaughter

    Silva is about to retire…so the middleweight title is up for grabs

  • I like this move. I think the cut to 170 was taking a toll on him and we’ll see a re-energized Shields at 185.

  • TKD

    Gatekeepers can go where they like…

  • brianhussey

    He’s the next Dan Hardy. We’ll say he should have retired when everyone THOUGHT he was good … before losing 6 in a row!

  • pooby

    Shields should consider a return to Strikeforce.