"He had some really hard weight cuts (at welterweight)," said Gracie, during a recent interview with Sherdog's "Beatdown" radio show. "His last fight, I could see Ed Herman was a bigger guy than him. It takes a while to make the UFC your home. I think he's settling in and I think pretty soon we're going to have the Jake Shields we've seen in so many memorable contests."
Gracie also believes the UFC is looking to place Shields in a rematch. Back in 2006, Shields defeated Yushin Okami. Now, with both fighters coming off recent victories, a potential second encounter seems on the horizon.
"Jake has already fought Okami. Jake beat Okami," Gracie said. "Hopefully, they're going to give him somebody else. But like I said, I wouldn't be surprised if they did want that match up."
Shields entered the UFC in 2010 and defeated Martin Kampmann. Since that time, he has gone 2-2, including a loss to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. He is 28-6-1 in his career.
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