The Middleweight division just got a bit more interesting.
That's because Jake Shields will make the move back up to 185-pounds, according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who announced via his Twitter account that Shields will take on Ed Herman at the recently announced UFC 150 event that will go down on Aug. 11, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
And he's proud of it:
UFC 150 Sat Aug 11 Denver, CO Middleweight Bout Ed Herman VS Jake Shields. I like that fight!
All four fights for Shields under the UFC umbrella have been at Welterweight. However, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is no stranger to the 185-pound division, earning the Strikeforce Middleweight title by defeating Jason Miller in 2009 and defending the belt against Dan Henderson in 2010 after surviving an early scare from "Hendo."Shields was last seen in action at UFC 144 this past January, earning a unanimous decision win over Yoshihiro Akiyama, who was making the drop down from middleweight to welterweight.
The Cesar Gracie team member (and "Scrap Pack" alum) has notched victories over the aforementioned Akiyama and Martin Kampmann, while suffering defeat at the hands of Jake Ellenberger and UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre. While he did lose to "GSP," many considered it to be the closest anyone has fought the Canadian juggernaut in a very long time.
After ending his two fight skid at welterweight by defeating "Sexyama," apparently Shields felt a move up to the 185-pound division would be better for his career, saying that the cut down to 170 pounds is "just too much."
Herman, on the other hand, has won three in a row over Tim Credeur, Kyle Noke and most recently Clifford Starks at UFC 143 on Feb., 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 runner up sat out all of 2010 because of a knee injury that he sustained in a loss to Aaron Simpson at UFC 102 way back in 2009.
He hasn't looked back since.
But will Shields end Herman's run? Or will "Short Fuse" give Shields a rude welcome back to the land of the 185'ers?
UFC 150 is expected to be headlined by the Lightweight championship rematch between division champion Ben Henderson, putting his 155-pound strap on the line against former titleholder Frankie Edgar. Other scheduled fights at this time include Yushin Okami vs. Luiz Cane and Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman.