Via his trainer Cesar Gracie’s website:
Jake Shields will be debuting at the 170-pound weight division in the UFC. After careful consideration and consulting with UFC representatives it was determined Jake would be finally going back to his original fighting weight. Jake’s opponent is one of the UFC’s top contenders and will be announced shortly.
More from MMA Junkie. The holdup on signing with the UFC was over whether Jake should keep fighting at 185 and if he’d get an immediate title shot upon arrival. Thankfully, the UFC was willing to just sit there and wait until Shields agreed to return to 170 and fight his way to a title. As much as I was looking forward to more fights where Shields sits on guys doing nothing, I guess I’m okay with seeing him return to his more dynamic welterweight incarnation that subbed the shit out of everyone. I guess.