Former UFC title challenger Jake Shields considering return to welterweight

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

18 months ago Jake Shields challenged Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight title, then he left the division. Now after a steroid bust he's considering a return to 170 pounds.

Former Strikeforce Middleweight champ Jake Shields has had a less than sterling tenure in the UFC Octagon. Since coming to the UFC after a huge upset win over Dan Henderson in Strikeforce in early 2010, Shields has gone 2-2 with 1 NC due to a failed drug test.

He moved back to Welterweight upon coming to the UFC after running up a 6 year, 14 fight undefeated streak in smaller promotions. He promptly took an ugly split decision win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 121 and was rewarded with a title shot against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129.

That was an even uglier loss in a tedious 5 round bout. Shields then got KO'd quickly by Jake Ellenberger and left the division. He took a unanimous decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144. Next Shields moved to Middleweight where he failed a drug test after beating Ed Herman at UFC 150. That win became a No Contest and now Shields is mulling a return to 170 pound.

"I'm bouncing around quite a bit [between weight classes]," Shields told MMA Fight Corner (transcribed by Fight Cove). "But probably back to welterweight, but nothing is 100 percent yet, just staying up is so much work I have to eat so much and just my weight naturally tends to go down closer to '70. So we'll see, nothing's 100 percent at the moment though.

"I'll be back in February," Shields said of his return to the Octagon. "I already dealt with the commission, yeah I'll be back in February so everything - everything was resolved. Obviously an unfortunate issue but it was resolved, I made a mistake and ready to move forwards and will be fighting again in February."

I'd personally be glad to see Shields return to 170 pounds. He isn't likely to contend for a title but until he faces Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch I will consider his UFC tenure a sadly wasted opportunity. Shields trains with the Cesar Gracie camp in Northern California and I really want to see him face one or both of the top Welterweights from rival camp American Kickboxing Academy.


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