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Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Shields set for June

It looks like Tyron Woodley is getting his wish, because it has been announced that he will be facing Jake Shields. The match does not have a set fight card, but the rumors going around are that the fight will take place on June 15. Many sites are speculating that the June 15 fight card will be held in Canada and will be UFC 161.

Woodley was originally hoping to fill in at UFC 158 if there was an injury, but he was not called upon when Rory MacDonald was hurt. He was one of the top fighters in the now defunct Strikeforce promotion, where he was undefeated up until a fight with Nate Marquardt for the welterweight title. He was knocked out in the fourth round, but rocked Marquardt multiple times in their match. It seems he has finally put his game all together when he scored a first-round knockout just 36 seconds into his bout with Jay Hieron.

Shields made a name for himself in the Strikeforce promotion as well. He was the welterweight champion of EliteXC before it folded, but he decided to move up to middleweight in Strikeforce, where he captured the title. Eventually, he made the transition to the UFC to challenge Georges St. Pierre. A loss to the long-time welterweight champion, and a subsequent knockout to Jake Ellenberger, sent him up to 185. He beat Ed Herman in his debut, but a failed drug test overturned the win and has kept him out of action.

Now he moves back down to welterweight to face Woodley. Woodley probably has the greater wrestling ability from being a former Division 1 wrestler (compared to Shields, who was only a Division 2 wrestler). On the ground, Shields has the superior grappling, but as with all fights, it starts standing. Woodley may have his striking on display as he tries to become just the third man to knockout Shields.

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