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Jake Shields Returning To Welterweight For His Next Fight

Jake Shields, a former Strikeforce champion, will return to welterweight for his next fight. When that takes place, however, remains a mystery to Shields.

After a failed run at the UFC welterweight title, Shields bumped up to middleweight. He defeated Ed Herman, but was later found to have used a banned substance by the Colorado Athletic Commission, resulting in a no-contest and a six-month suspension.

Now, Shields (27-6-1) is heading back down to 170 pounds. Among his targeted opponents include Carlos Condit and Jake Ellenberger, who both have matches scheduled for later this year at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz.

“I made some changes (in my diet), my weight came down, my cardio feels better, I feel a lot cleaner with more energy,” said Shields, in an interview with Bleacher Report. “I’d like to fight someone tough. I’d like to fight Jake Ellenberger. That’s the one loss that I felt I’d really like the chance to repeat myself on. Carlos Condit would make a lot of sense. He’s really good or (Rory) MacDonald, he’s good. Just any of these guys that are good.”

Shields lost to Ellenberger back in 2011. The bout came shortly after his father passed away, and he was finished for just the second time in his professional career. Ellenberger faces Johny Hendricks in April, while Condit and MacDonald are matched up on the same card.