Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields will return to 185 pounds in 2012, UFC officials confirmed on Tuesday night.

The news was first reported on Fuel TV’s “UFC Tonight.” Shields’ first UFC middleweight appearance is expected to come this summer, though it has not officially been announced by the promotion. Shields had competed for the UFC at 170 pounds after joining the promotion in 2010, edging a game Martin Kampmann via split decision before challenging Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight crown nearly one year ago at UFC 129.

After dropping a unanimous decision to St. Pierre, the Cesar Gracie pupil suffered a second straight loss for the first time in his career, falling by knockout to Jake Ellenberger this past September in the Fight Night 25 headliner. Shields rebounded from the defeat, however, outpointing Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144 in his most recent outing on Feb. 26.

Prior to his time in the Octagon, Shields was a decorated competitor in several promotions, winning the Shooto 168-pound championship in 2004. The Californian would go on to become the first and last EliteXC welterweight king, as well as the Strikeforce middleweight titlist, capturing the latter belt in 2009 with a victory over Jason Miller and successfully defending it the following year against Dan Henderson.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Bellator 135 preview: Ryan Couture, son of a UFC legend, looks to make his own name in MMA

  • 25 days ago
  • 10 views

Former Strikeforce and UFC fighter Ryan Couture is currently working his way up Bellator's lightweight rankings after a successful debut last September. The next challenge ahead is Dakota Cochrane on read news >>

Dana White: Cris Cyborg "Going to Try to Make 135 Pounds" for Next Fight

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

The epic saga of UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino continues following an interview between UFC President Dana read news >>

Brendan Schaub confirms that he'll be dropping to light heavyweight

  • 21 days ago
  • 5 views

Veteran UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub has confirmed that he'll be dropping to 205 pounds for his next fight. After much speculation, it appears that 11-time UFC veteran Brendan Schaub has decided to read news >>

Conor McGregor: Jose Aldo will 'quiver and make woman noises' at UFC 189

  • 29 days ago
  • 16 views

Conor McGregor says that Jose Aldo won't try anything during stare downs, instead he will 'quiver and make woman noises' read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Maia vs LaFlare' main card winners in Brazil

  • 26 days ago
  • 23 views

After an enjoyable UFC Fight Night 62: "Maia vs LaFlare" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday night (March 21, 2015) on FOX Sports read news >>

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare results - Fights to make for main card winners

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare is in the books and so is the UFC's March schedule. So what's next for the main card winners from last night's show in Rio? Mookie Alexander plays fantasy matchmaker read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

At 37 years old, Demian Maia is still in the hunt for a second shot at a UFC championship. On Saturday, the Brazilian cruised to a victory over the up-and-coming Ryan LaFlare in the UFC Fight Night 6 read news >>

And everyone was just the same. Hindsight - UFC Fight Night: Maia vs LaFlare in retrospect

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

Force does make leaders. But you forget one thing: it also destroys them.* For few fighters does that seem more true than Josh Koscheck. Not that he ever quite became a "leader" in the sense of a lon read news >>

Morning Report: Ronda Rousey promotes safety and empowerment lobbying for MMA in New York

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

In Albany lobbying to make MMA legal in New York state, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is doing her best to make it to Madison Square Garden. Bills to legalize MMA in the last remaini read news >>