Jake Shields prepares for his return to the Middleweight Division against Dave Herman.
Jake Shields (-205) vs. Ed Herman (+170): Jake Shields has not had an easy transition into the Octagon since moving over from Strikeforce a few years ago. Shields has lost two of his last three fights and never really became comfortable fighting at the 170 lbs. The former Strikeforce champ decided to move back up to Middleweight where he is most comfortable and is coming off a win against Dan Henderson in his last bout in the division.
Ed Herman has been a solid Middleweight fighter with decent striking and an impressive ground game, but this fight is more about Shields than anything. Dominating in Strikeforce is a far different animal than dominating in the UFC. This fight is a test to see how much of a Middleweight contender Shields really is. Herman has a chance in this bout as he is the bigger fighter and better striker.
Prediction: This fight is by no means a cake walk for Shields and being a 2 to 1 favorite is probably a little to high. Size might play a role in this fight and if Shields cannot take Herman to the ground he will have a hard time winning. We know that Shields is an elite fighter and will probably get the victory, I just wouldn’t bet on it at -200. Jake Shields wins by decision.
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