When Jake Shields first signed with the UFC he was seen as a legitimate threat to Georges St-Pierre’s reign as welterweight champion. However, after struggling to find consistent success, Shields decided to return to middleweight where he held the Strikeforce title while claiming the toll of cutting down to 170 pounds had affected his output in the Octagon.
Last weekend Shields took to the infamous eight-sided structure as a 185-pounder at UFC 150 where he fought Ed Herman, yet the slick submission specialist did little to impress fans en route to a Unanimous Decision win.
Shields addressed his showing at the post-event press conference where he admitted he exited the bout with mixed emotions.
“I think Herman’s a tough, underrated guy. I was happy to beat him, but bummed I didn’t finish him of course,” said Shields, adding he still has a lot of work to do in terms of putting on enough muscle mass to compete as an elite middleweight.
As for what’s next, other than hitting the gym, Shields stated he wants to mix it up with one of the division’s best to prove he belongs.
“Hopefully I can fight someone who is a top contender and get my name back closer to the mix,” explained the 28-6-1 Shields.
The win was Shields’ second straight including a February decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama. In addition to Herman, Shields has beaten the likes of Jason Miller, Robbie Lawler, and Dan Henderson as a middleweight.
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