Jake Shields out to prove he's still in MMA elite

Jake Shields has the chance to re-enter the welterweight title picture when he battles No. 4 ranked...

Jake Shields has the chance to re-enter the welterweight title picture when he battles No. 4 ranked Demian Maia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 29 in Barueri, Brazil Oct. 9. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency/Files)

NEIL SPRINGER, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

Jake Shields aims to remind fans he's still among the welterweight elite.

Following a 2-2 run in the UFC 170-pound division — which saw the talented grappler suffer losses to Georges St. Pierre and Jake Ellenberger — Shields opted to return to middleweight.

His stay at 185-pounds was short lived, though. After winning a unanimous decision over Ed Herman in 2012, Shields was suspended six months for failing his post-fight drug test. The bout was subsequently ruled a No Contest. He returned to welterweight this past June, winning a controversial split decision over Tyron Woodley and snapping a 10-month hiatus in the process.

Though the Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighter holds victories over three of the UFC's top welterweights — Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann and Robbie Lawler — Shields himself has been omitted from the promotions official rankings.

The former Strikeforce middleweight champ admitted fans and media members have forgotten him.


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