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Jake Shields Not Set on Move Back to 185, but Feels Stronger There

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In 2009, with limited options at welterweight and a teammate competing in the same division, Jake Shields decided to try his hand at what it was like to fight at middleweight.

For his first trip to the division, Shields faced knockout artist Robbie Lawler, and while many questioned the lifetime 170-ound fighter moving up in weight, it took him just over two minutes to prove critics wrong.

Shields submitted Lawler and then went on to win a five-round decision over Jason “Mayhem” Miller. He then scored his biggest win at 185 pounds as he took out former Pride champion Dan Henderson in dominating fashion, as well.

It was then that Shields signed with the UFC and moved back down to his natural weight of 170 pounds, but the results have been somewhat mixed since then. Shields has gone 2-2 in the UFC, although his losses have come to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Jake Ellenberger, but the San Francisco area fighter admits the differences in the weight classes have shown through lately.

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Post #1   3/31/12 1:44:49PM   

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it's a move he should make. He said he feels stronger there, and I agree, and think he looks better at the weight class. There are better match ups for him there, especially stylistically as it is a relatively weak division in terms of top end wrestlers, with the exception of guys like Sonnen and Munoz. The welterweight division has too many powerful wrestlers with excellent top control and great take down defense that makes it difficult for Shields to truly use his skill set. I think the move would benefit him in the long run.

Post #2   3/31/12 2:45:23PM   

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The 185 division needs all the talent it can get. Making Shields move down to 170 was a bad idea from the start after his success in Strikeforce.

Post #3   3/31/12 5:27:32PM   

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He is way better at 185, no question, all his best wins and performances come from MW fights. Plus he just looks weaker like he implies the cut does to him. Some guys can cut it right like Tibau (40+lbs) and not gas or hinder performance, but then theres guys like Sheilds who probably dont cut that much to get to 185 and it affects them drastically in the speed and stength department.

Post #4   3/31/12 5:31:43PM