A welterweight battle between Hector Lombard (33-4-1) and Jakes Shields (29-6-1) has been confirmed by UFC officials through ESPN.com.
The bout will take place on UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas on March 15th.
After a disappointing start to his UFC career, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has turned things around joing 3-0, 1 NC in his last 4 bouts while defeating such fighters as Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, his most recent win coming from the latter at UFC Fight Night 29.
His opponent Lombard will certainly have the striking advantage as the lightening quick hands were seemingly made faster after his drop to welterweight where he ran through Nate Marquardt at UFC 166.
UFC 171 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira. The event venue is set for the American Airlines Center in Dallas.