Jake Shields battles Hector Lombard at UFC 171

Jake Shields battles Hector Lombard at UFC 171
March 14, 2014, 11:45 am
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Jake Shields (left) is 29-6-1, 1 NC and is ranked sixth in the 170-lb division. (USATSI)

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For the past five years, Georges St-Pierre has had UFC's welterweight division in a rear naked choke, holding the title for 2,064 days on the strength of nine consecutive title defenses. But now that he's vacated his title due to personal reasons, it's open season for the other 170-pound contenders.

San Francisco-based UFC fighter Jake Shields -- No. 6 in the 170-lb division according to UFC rankings -- looks to get to the forefront of the division's title picture facing former judo Olympian Hector Lombard at UFC 171 in Dallas, TX this Saturday. The fight will be one of three 170-lb fights on the main card.

Shields (29-6-1, 1 NC), heads into Saturday's tilt riding a four-match unbeaten streak. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion hasn't lost since September 2011.

The 12th-ranked Lombard (33-4-1, 1 NC) is 2-2 in his last four fights.

Johny Hendricks will fight Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship in the main event.