Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley – UFC 161
After taking one fight in the UFC’s middleweight division, Jake Shields is set to return to 170lbs to take on a fellow former Strikeforce star in Tyron Woodley at UFC 161.
The news of the fight was confirmed by Shields himself via his official Twitter account.
A former Strikeforce champion, Shields entered the UFC riding a wave of hype but has suffered from having mixed results in the promotion so far. He earned a, somewhat controversial, split decision in his first fight against Martin Kampmann before losing to Georges St. Pierre in a title fight. Another loss, this time by knockout, came against Jake Ellenberger before Shields won a decision against Yoshihiro Akiyama.
A win over Ed Herman at UFC 150 was overturned to become a no-contest after Shields tested positive post-fight for banned substances.
Tyron Woodley made his UFC debut at UFC 156 and impressed all by destroying Jay Hieron in just thirty-six seconds. Prior to that win, Woodley was defeated for the first time in his career, losing to Nate Marquardt for the Strikeforce welterweight strap last July.
Woodley holds some excellent wins over the likes of Paul Daley, Jordan Mein, Tarec Saffiedine and Nathan Coy. A win over Shields will certainly put Woodley in title contention.
UFC 161 is set for the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada on June 15th. The card is also set to feature light heavyweight fights between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans , and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – the latter a rematch from 2005.
By Mike Clarke (@fightlounge)