Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard added to UFC 171 in Dallas

A welterweight battle has been added to

UFC

171 as former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields looks to extend

his four fight unbeaten streak as he faces new 170-pound contender

Hector Lombard on March 15 in Dallas.

UFC officials confirmed the new bout on Twitter this morning

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Jake Shields (29-6-1-1) has been itching to get back to the top

of the welterweight division ever since rededicating himself to the

weight class earlier this year. The grappling ace from California

had flirted with the idea of fighting at middleweight, but after

only one appearance in the weight class while fighting in the UFC

in 2012, Shields opted to move back down to welterweight and it’s

been a great decision thus far.

Shields is 2-0 since dropping back to welterweight with wins

over both Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia to get back into the top

ten as he looks to earn another shot at the title in the near

future.

His opponent at UFC 171 will be former Bellator champion and new

welterweight Hector Lombard, who makes his second appearance at 170

pounds after a blistering debut where he disposed of former

Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt back in October.

At 5’9″, Lombard was an undersized middleweight, but now he’s

finally got size on his side after making the cut to welterweight

and

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that much closer to the top of the division.