Tatame reports that Demian Maia is interested in welcoming Jake Shields to the middleweight division of UFC after consecutive losses to Georges St-Pierre and Jake Ellenberger in the welterweight division. might be . If the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion does head up a weight class once again, Maia would like the first crack:
“It’s a personal desire, but I guess it’d be a good fight, an interesting challenge for Demian. For his record and skills as a fighter, I’m guessing it’d be interesting. Fighting top 10 guys is always interesting. Since he once was a champion in Strikeforce in this weight class and has great wins over top athletes like Dan Henderson, and because he likes to fight on the ground, I believe it’d be a great match-up against Demian.”
It has yet to be confirmed whether Shields plans to move up, but if he does, he’d have a very tough fight ahead of him if he accepted this bout.
Tags: Demian Maia, Jake Shields, Mixed Martial Arts, UFC