Jake Shields (27-6-1, 1 NC) is one of few fighters in mixed martial arts today that can compete at the highest level in two different weight classes.
In recent years, Shields has gone back-and-forth fighting in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. His most recent bout took place at 185-pounds, where he won a unanimous decision over Ed Herman at UFC 150 that was later overturned to a no contest after Shields failed his post-fight drug test.
Despite currently serving a suspension, Shields is open to discussing what the future holds and the 33-year-old believes after just one-fight in the UFC at middleweight, a return to 170-pounds may be in order for his next fight.
“I’m bouncing around quite a bit [between weight classes],” Shields told MMA Fight Corner. “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.”
The Cesar Gracie trained fighter has found success at both middleweight and welterweight throughout his career. Shields was the Strikeforce middleweight champion until he vacated the belt to move to the UFC and within two-fights of his arrival to the organization, fought for the UFC welterweight championship.
Details on Shields’ failed drug test have not been revealed by the Colorado Athletic Commission, however, it is known the suspension is for six-months and is proactive from the day of the Aug. 11 fight.
Shields is not willing to discuss the reasoning behind his suspension other than calling it a “mistake”. He did, though, say he plans to have a fight in early 2013.
“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.”