“I’ll most likely stay at 170. I’ve been back-and-forth between welterweight and middleweight,” Shields recently told video journalist Rick Lee. “I’ve actually been successful at middleweight, but these guys are so big. I have a hard time. I walk around at 190 and I’m fighting these guys, a lot of them come down from 210. When you get in the cage and feel it, they’re just a little stronger than me, bigger frame.
“Overall, I hate cutting weight, but 170 is probably my best weight.”
Despite being fined and suspended for testing positive for a banned substance and having his decision win over Ed Herman overturned to a no contest, Shields expected a higher ranked opponent.
“I was a little surprised (at getting) Tyron Woodley,” he said. “I was hoping to fight someone in the top five, like (Jake) Ellenberger again or (Carlos) Condit or Rory MacDonald. I was hoping to get one of those huge names, but Tyron Woodley is a respectable opponent. I think he’s ranked tenth, somewhere around there. He’s coming off a big knockout, so he’s certainly a worthy opponent, so can’t complain about the fight.
“He’s a tough guy, great wrestler, an All-American wrestler, heavy hands,” Shields continued. “He’s a tough guy, but I think I’ve got a lot more experience and just advantages everywhere. Striking, I think I can beat him. I think I can beat him on the ground. I think I can tap him; better conditioning. I feel like it’s my time. I want to go out there and bring a lot of pressure and break him.”