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Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has stated in the past that he’d like to move back to the middleweight division. He is getting his wish, and will be taking on Ed Herman at UFC 150.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news via his personal Twitter account:
“UFC 150 Sat Aug 11 Denver, CO. Middleweight Bout Ed Herman VS Jake Shields. I like that fight!”
Shields is coming off a win over Yoshihiro Akiyama in February at UFC 144. He was 2-2 at 170 lbs in the UFC, but clearly felt that his skills were better suited for 185.
Herman has been on a role since coning back from injury, stopping three straight opponents. His last win came over Clifford Starks at UFC 143.
An extraordinary true story about a warrior in the Octagon and selfless soldier in the battlefield. UFC Middleweight & U.S. Marine Brian Stann walks us through every harrowing detail of the mission for which he was awarded the Silver Star. Stann also outlines his return to the Octagon after his battle in the middle east; and how he is helping fellow soldiers return back home to the United States.
Ben Saunders talks about the possibility of fighting at middleweight again, Bruce Lee and his legacy.
Luiz “Banha” Cane, who suffered a TKO loss at UFC Rio, will drop to the middleweight division according to his manager, Alex Davis.
“Banha will drop to the middle weight. It is something that, in my point of view, will take some time for him to get used to this new division, so I don’t wanna rush anything to make sure he’s comfortable fighting in this new weight class.”
“What happened is a part of the fight. I don’t believe this weight drop has anything to do with it, but it’s a wish he has for a long time, and maybe it’ll bring a positive result. It’s something that usually happens in the industry, keep dropping the weight more and more. He wanna do it and I support him, so let’s do it the best way we can. With no rush.”
“He’s behaving like a middleweight. He no longer can eat a lot of meat believing he’ll make it at the weight-in. it’s a sacrifice he’ll have to make. He’ll need to change many things on his life.”
Former UFC middleweight champ Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin says he’s done fighting at 185 lbs and will concentrate at 205 lbs for the rest of his career.
The video was shot before he was pulled off of the UFC 133 card.
Middleweight veteran, Scott Smith spoke about his recent decision to drop to the welterweight division, describing it as an “exciting boost” to his career.
“I just thought this would be a new exciting way to boost my career. I was usually walking around at about 200 just because I could, and then I would just cut down a couple of weeks before the fight. I jumped right back into training after my last fight and didn’t allow myself to get out of shape. I was lifting, eating, and I never got above 190. I thought it made sense to go down to 170.”
“A big part of the decision is that I’ve been kind of lazy and getting away with making 185 too easy. I’ve been a little soft a couple of times. Fighting at 170 has forced me to diet. It’s the clean diet. I have someone that cooks my meals for me, pre-packages them. I feel just as strong, if not stronger, walking around at 185 than I do walking around at 200.”
UFC welterweight contender, Jon Fitch talks about the possibility of moving up in weight and fighting at middleweight, but explains that transition would take 2 years.
“It would be like a two year process for me to move up a weight class. Because I have unfinished business at 170. The thing is I would move up if Josh Koscheck would win the title and defend it. So he’d have to hold on to it for a while. You’re talking about almost a year right there, with a win and defense.”
“In that time I could fight Georges St. Pierre non-title, I could fight Jake Shields, I could fight Martin Kampmann, I could fight Carlos Condit. All those guys could be fought already, and after that there’s not much left to do in front of me. Then that would be the optimum time I would be looking for other challenges if I want to move up a weight class.”
Brazilian submission machine, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza pulled off the biggest win of his career tonight at Strikeforce: Houston after defeating Tim Kennedy via unanimous decision to be crowned the new middleweight champion of the promotion.