As expected Jake Shields has signed for the UFC after vacating his Strikeforce middleweight title at the end of his current contract. The news comes from his team’s website graciefighter.com.
The site also reveals that Shields, who is currently on a fourteen fight win-streak will indeed be heading back to what most people consider his ideal weight: 170lbs.
“After careful consideration and consulting with UFC representatives it was determined Jake would be finally going back to his original fighting weight.”
Shields hasn’t fought since April when he defeated former UFC star Dan Henderson at strikeforce: Nashville. Despite his impressive winning record Shields won’t get an immediate title shot against current champion Georges St.Pierre, but it does appear that he will face a challenging opponent in his octagon debut.
“Jake’s opponent is one of the UFC’s top contenders and will be announced shortly,” Graciefighter reveals.
The current rumor is that he could be set to take on Martin Kampmann who looked impressive in his last outing against Paulo Thiago and would certainly be a tough test for Shields.