In what might be viewed as a surprise decision, Ed Herman will be the fighter to face Jake Shields in his middleweight debut under the UFC banner. The two are set to square off at UFC 150 from Denver, Colorado on August 11.

Shields (27-6-1) will be returning to the 185-pound division where he held the belt in Strikeforce after four fights inside the Octagon at welterweight, going just 2-2 and prompting the move back up.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the fight on his Twitter account posting, “I like that fight!”

Herman (20-7) has been on a roll as of late, winning four of five and three straight overall. His lone loss during his run came at the hands of Aaron Simpson and was related to a serious knee injury he suffered in the bout.


MMATraining Take: To say this comes as a surprise would be an understatement. Shields entered the UFC with so much steam, but all of it appears to have evaporated since the back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Jake Ellenberger. Hopefully we see the old Shields return against Herman.