Jake Shields moving back to middleweight for next fight

After going 2-2 during his four-fight run inside the Octagon as a welterweight Jake Shields has decided to return to 185 pounds where found success in Strikeforce where he held the divisional title.

Shields also competed at 170 pounds earlier in his career, picking up wins over the likes of Mike Pyle, Paul Daley, and Carlos Condit, but apparently felt weak in his recent fights, citing the strain of cutting down to make the welterweight limit as the reason for his move back up.

The news was first revealed on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight.

A Closer Look at Shields’ Recent Win Over Yoshihiro Akiyama

As a 185-pounder Shields has looked sharp, notching wins over a number of respected adversaries such as Robbie Lawler, Yushin Okami, Jason Miller, and perhaps most memorably Dan Henderson. In the match-up with “Hendo”, Shields was able to weather an early storm nearly seeing him knocked out cold to out-grapple the former Olympic wrestler for the remaining rounds.