After wrestling with the notion for a couple of months it looks like Jake Shields has decided to move back up to 185 pounds for his next fight after netting modest results in his recent welterweight run. Shields was only 2-2 inside the Octagon, earning decision wins against Martin Kampmann and most recently Yoshihiro Akiyama while suffering losses to Jake Ellenberger at Georges St-Pierre.
Shields, who held the Strikeforce middleweight title prior to signing with the UFC, will make his return at UFC 150. The card is scheduled for August 11 in Denver, Colorado with Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II serving as the main event. News of the match-up was confirmed by UFC President Dana White via Twitter.
The 27-6-1 Shields could pose significant problems for Herman given his blend of wrestling and BJJ, as five of Herman’s eight total defeats have involved some form of submission stoppage. Comparably, Shields has earned ten of his victories by forcing opponents to tap out including Mike Pyle, Paul Daley, and Robbie Lawler. He also holds past victories over Jason Miller, Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, and Dan Henderson.
Herman is 20-8 in his career and currently on a three-fight winning streak featuring a trio of finishes after dealing with an extended layoff due to injury. He was last seen stopping Clifford Starks with strikes in February at UFC 143.
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