On the latest episode of CSN Washington’s The Fight Fix, it was revealed that former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields’ training camp for his UFC debut hit a road block early on in the form of a back injury.
Shields’ father and manager, Jack Shields, confirmed that his son had injured his back some 12 weeks ago as a result of running too much and dropping weight. Shields last fought at 185 pounds, defeating former PRIDE FC and UFC star Dan Henderson in defense of his Strikeforce middleweight title. He will make his UFC debut as a welterweight and apparently suffered the undisclosed injury in an attempt to get closer to the welterweight limit of 170 pounds.
It is unclear if this is a recurrence of a 2008 back injury Shields sustained, or if this is an altogether new injury. Either way, Shields’ father assured that his son has fully recovered and will be ready to make his UFC debut this weekend.
Shields will make his UFC debut and return to welterweight for the first time since a 2008 bout with Paul Daley this Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Shields will face UFC welterweight contender Martin Kampmann in the co-main event of UFC 121, which will be headlined by Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez fighting it out in dispute of Lesnar’s heavyweight crown.