It looks like former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields’ run in the Octagon as a 185-pounder will be a short-lived stint. Shields, who beefed up from 170 to fight Ed Herman this past August, recently revealed he was strongly considering a move back down based on his body being better suited for the division.
Shields was asked about his immediate future in an interview with MMAFightCorner where he explained, “Nothing is 100 percent yet. Staying (at middleweight) is so much work; I have to eat so much and my weight naturally tends to go down closer to 170. So we’ll see, nothing’s 100 percent at the moment though.”
While he may be non-committal at this point, Shields added he was “probably” going to fight as a welterweight when his suspension for a banned substance expires in early 2013. Shields was popped by Colorado’s regulatory board after outpointing Herman, seeing his win turned to a No Contest as a result.
“I’ll be back in February. I already dealt with the commission…so everything was resolved. Obviously an unfortunate issue but it was resolved. I made a mistake and (am) ready to move forward and will be fighting again in February,” stated Shields.
“I’m not sure of the date or opponent yet,” he concluded.
The 27-6 Shields has looked sharp at 170 pounds in the past, picking up wins over the likes of Paul Daley, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Martin Kampmann. He’s also notched success against other game opponents in his career including Jason Miller, Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, and Dan Henderson.
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