UFC is bringing its show to Denver, Colorado for its UFC 150 pay-per-view special. Headlined by a lightweight title rematch between Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar, the UFC has just beefed up the roster with some middleweight talent. Former Strikeforce middleweight champion and former number one welterweight contender, Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) returns to 185 lbs. to taken on the revived Ultimate Fighter runner-up, Ed Herman (20-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC).
Jake Shields career since coming to the UFC has been discontented, when considering the hype the vacating champ carried over from Strikeforce. After winning a split decision, many thought it a controversial win over Martin Kampmann. Following a loss in his title shot, Shields suffered the loss of his Father, then only to be KO’ed early by a rush from Jake Ellenberger. Bouncing back with a win over Yoshihiro Akiyama, he returns to the division that has earned him the most success.
It can be said that Ed’s first run in the UFC is very similar to Jake’s, as he had a lot of hype without a lot of return. Going 4-5 before injuries kept him out for nearly two years, Ed returned with a vengeance. Getting three finishes in three fights and at the ripe age of 31, it was time for a step up in competition.
The bout may look to some to be a match of two dwindling stars, but when considered the recent resurgence and natural talent of both fighters, the bout is very likely to produce a new shuffle in the divisions top ten rankings – should either man put on a dominating performance in Denver.