A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized.
Woodley, whose final fight in Strikeforce was a KO loss to Nate Marquardt for the vacant welterweight title, had a successful and explosive UFC debut, KOing Jay Hieron in less than a minute at UFC 156. Following the win, Woodley signed a new UFC contract and immediately called out Jake Shields for his next fight.
Shields is coming off a no contest against Ed Herman at UFC 150. The fight was originally a decision win for the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, but a failed drug test resulted in a six-month suspension and the victory was wiped off the board. He is returning to welterweight, where he fought for the UFC title against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129.
If UFC 161 is targeted for June 15th on PPV, it also just about confirms that the June 8th date for the TUF: Brazil finale will likely be on FX or FUEL, with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum as the main event.