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.
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