The former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion recently finalized his contract with the promotion and is expected to meet Martin Kampmann at UFC 121 in his highly-anticipated UFC debut.
News of Shields siging with the UFC along with the bout with Kampmann comes courtesy of Shields’ manager and father, Jack Shields, who passed on the information to MMAJunkie.com. The possibility of the bout was first reported by MMAFighting.
Apparently Shields wanted to debut in the UFC as a middleweight, but promotion officials preferred that he made his arrival at welterweight.
UFC 121 is expected to take place on October 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Shields is currently riding an impressive 14-fight win streak with his most recent victory coming in the form of a unanimous decision over Dan Henderson, while Kampmann is on a two-fight win streak in the Octagon with wins over Jacob Volkmann and Paulo Thiago.