Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields signed for UFC 171 in Dallas

Chris Hyde

Lombard meets Shields at UFC 171 in Dallas!

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title contender Jake Shields has a dance partner for UFC 171 after his split decision victory over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night: "Shields vs. Maia" in Brazil this past October.

Sunday afternoon (Dec. 8, 2013), ESPN reported that Shields will meet former Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard on March 15, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Shields' UFC career has seen some major ups and downs. He challenged Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title at UFC 129, the biggest card in the promotion's history, and gave the champion an incredibly tough fight in front of 55,000 rabid Canadian fans.

But he's also had some disappointing performances, such as his TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 and his drug-test failure following a victory over Ed Herman at UFC 150.

Lombard's UFC career has been equally disappointing. He was unsuccessful in his UFC debut when he dropped a split decision to Tim Boetsch at UFC 149. He lost to Yushin Okami by split decision at UFC on Fuel TV 8 as well. However, after a success drop to welterweight against Nate Marquardt, it seems like he's back on track.

This bout will likely have title implications for both men. UFC 171 is set to be headlined by Jon Jones defending his Light Heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira.

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