Jake Shields Returns to Middleweight and Faces Ed Herman at UFC 150

April 30, 2012
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It looks like Jake Shields has made his decision and will move back to middleweight as he faces Ed Herman at UFC 150 on Aug. 11 in Denver.

UFC president Dana White announced the new fight via Twitter on Monday.

Following a win over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144 in Japan, Shields stated that he was contemplating a move back to middleweight, where he spent just under a year of his career between 2009 and 2010.

During that time, while in Strikeforce, Shields went 3-0 picking up wins over Robbie Lawler, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and, most notably, a victory over Dan Henderson in 2010.

Now the Cesar Gracie black belt will move back to middleweight after spending his last four fights at 170 pounds, where he went 2-2 in the UFC.

Welcoming Shields back to the middleweight division will be former Team Quest fighter and Ultimate Fighter alum Ed Herman.

After suffering serious injuries that sidelined Herman for all of 2010, he returned with a vengeance in 2011, and has now reeled off three wins in a row.

Most recently, Herman stopped former Arizona State wrestler Clifford Starks with a rear naked choke to mark his third consecutive victory, while also notching his third straight finish.

Now Herman will face Shields in what should be a main card bout for the UFC 150 fight card headed to Denver’s Pepsi Center in August.

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  • Shields by decision.

  • DrkDisciple

    I am a huge fan of Jake Shield but I am not convinced he will do well at Middlweight. Jake didnt look strong at welterweigh and now he might have to face stronger guys like Sonnen, Munoz,Palhares, stann etc. This is a whole different game from the chumps in Strikeforce. (To those that will bring up Dan Henderson I agree he is no chump but I doubt Jake could beat him right now)

  • pooby

    Go Short Fuse

  • Towers66

    Not going to be the most entertaining fight for most people. Their will be a lot of hate towards Shields after this fight. Because he will win with his superior wrestling and frowned upon Octagon control. Shields by Unanimous Decision is my best guess.

    • RubeKegal

      agreed, the betting line for Shields winning a decision is prob -800

  • Booker T

    Hope the vegetarian gets his A$$ kicked.

  • shereko

    how the hype has fallen for Shields… he goes from instant title shot to journeyman Short Fuse. haha learn from that Nick Diaz, it can go as fast as it can come.

  • mmachoman

    The guy fought even when his father died. That counts for something. But, as I keep repeating, Shields needs to change things up and get some serious stand-up game going along with strength & conditioning or all the determination & weight-shifting in the world won’t make much difference.

  • rsnowbass

    Herman by Upset! I actually find this to be an evenly matched fight…Shields being over-rated and all…

    Feel free to schitt on my comment 🙂

    • RubeKegal

      1st schitter here.

      You are dumb and quite ill in the membrane.