"I am extremely dedicated to my career, improving as a fighter and once again becoming world champion," said Shields, in a press release. "I feel that the support of Paradigm's team will allow me to best accomplish my personal and professional goals."
Shields is 27-6-2 and a former contender to the UFC welterweight title. He moved up to middleweight earlier this year, defeating Ed Herman. The result, however, was changed to a no-contest after Shields failed the post-fight drug test.
The press release quoted Paradigm president Audie Attar as saying, "(Shields) is poised to make a huge come back in the welterweight division," which could mean he is headed back to 170 pounds upon his return to action.
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