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Jake Shields signs with UFC, heads back to welterweight

In a move that should come as a surprise to few, the UFC has officially inked Jake Shields to a contract and ended months of speculation in the process.

Shields brings a 25-4-1 record and fourteen-fight win streak with him into the organization, as well as victories over a number of respected opponents including Carlos Condit, Yushin Okami, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, and most recently Dan Henderson.

The news of Shields siging with the UFC comes from GracieFighter, who also reported that the Cesar Gracie-student will apparently face one of “the UFC’s top contenders” at welterweight in his promotional debut.

Shields has been out of action since defending the Strikeforce middleweight title against Henderson last April. While no actual date has been announced for his UFC debut, it appears likely the match-up will occur sooner than later.

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