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UPDATED: Shields signs with UFC, will move to 170 pounds

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Former EliteXC welterweight and Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has officially signed the UFC, his camp's website says.

And after much debate, it appears it will come at 170 pounds, not 185.

Jake Shields will be debuting at the 170lbs weight division in the UFC. After careful consideration and consulting with UFC representatives it was determined Jake would be finally going back to his original fighting weight.

Jake's opponent is one of the UFC's top contenders and will be announced shortly.

Shields (25-4-1 overall) was a perfect 8-0 under the banners of EliteXC and Strikeforce and retained his middleweight championship at "Strikeforce: Nashville" with a decision win against the highly-favored Dan Henderson. But Strikeforce allowed him to go into the fight without signing an extension and a week later, he was spotted on camera with UFC president Dana White at the WEC 48 pay-per-view.

Strikeforce released Shields on June 30.

UPDATE: Sports Illustrated's Josh Gross says on his Twitter that Shields isn't officially signed yet.

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