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 via ESPN.com.
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
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 he looks to impose his will on Shields and get
that much closer to the top of the division.