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Jake Shields returning to middleweight at UFC 150 against Ed Herman

Jake Shields is officially set to return to the division he once held Strikeforce gold in, this time as a UFC competitor. Shields, who had talked openly about the move back from welterweight to middleweight, has signed to face Ed Herman on August 11 at UFC 150.

The card will take place from Denver, Colorado with lightweight champion Benson Henderson‘s rematch with Frankie Edgar likely serving as the main event.

UFC President Dana White confirmed news of the match-up on Twitter, adding, “I like that fight!”

Shields (27-6-1) has won just one of his last three fights, defeating Yoshihiro Akiyama in February. Prior to the win he was beaten by Georges St-Pierre in a title-fight and Jake Ellenberger. However, Shields’ reputation is far better than his recent performances would indicate including past wins over Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Yushin Okami, and Dan Henderson.

Herman (20-7) has racked up a 4-1 record over his last five fights including three straight wins since an injury-induced loss to Aaron Simpson.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    As my second fav fighter I’m homing shields wins here, but I don’t like how he wants to stand a lot more recently, especially since his stand up seems to not be there, although it’s getting better maybe.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a great fight, tough one to call but Id say Shields by third round submission.

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  • MCM says:

    Has Ed Herman ever even reached Gate Keeper status? This seems like a HUGE step down for the guy once considered the #2 WW in the world and a top 5-10 MW. But since Shields has looked like crap in every single one of his performances since coming to the UFC, I’m gonna go with Herman by TKO.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Herman is willing to strike, but Shields will want to grapple. They are quality fighters, but this one promises to be a 15 minute decision without any fireworks.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    I agree with Mike n MCM. Snooze fest n a step down.
    Shields needs a win and is smart. he will tie it up looking to take it to the ground. Unless Ed gets lazy wich he hardly does now it should go to dec with Shields takening it

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