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Shields to face Woodley at UFC 161 in Winnipeg

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The Canadian Press
3/6/2013 4:30:55 PM
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TORONTO -- Former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields will face highly rated welterweight Tyron (The Chosen One) Woodley at UFC 161 in Winnipeg this summer.

Heavyweight Pat (HD) Barry, meanwhile, will take on former LSU fullback Shawn (The Savage) Jordan.

The card is set for Winnipeg's MTS Centre on June 15.

Woodley (11-1) is coming off an impressive first-round KO of Jay Hieron, rebounding from a Strikeforce title loss to Nate Marquardt.

Shields (27-6-1 with one no contest) last fought as a middleweight in a UFC 150 win over Ed (Short Fuse) Herman that was ruled a no contest after Shields admitted taking a banned substance. He was suspended for six months and fined US$5,675.

Barry (8-5) knocked out Shane Del Rosario in December. Jordan (14-4) stopped Mike Russow.

Already announced is a light-heavyweight rematch between Mauricio (Shogun) Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and a heavyweight bout between Soa Palelei and Stipe Miocic.

Interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will face Eddie Wineland in the main event while Dan Henderson meets former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

In a lightweight battle, Sam Stout of London, Ont., will take on Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

In other UFC news, the organization returns to Brazil on May 18, as the Jaragua Arena in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, hosts a televised card UFC. Veteran Vitor (The Phenom) Belfort will fight former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in the main event.

In the co-main event, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo (Jacare) Souza faces Cypriot Constantinos (Costa) Philippou. Canadian Roger Hollet will fight light-heavyweight Fabio Maldonado on the card.

Flyweight Joseph Benavidez will face Darren Uyenoyama on the April 20 televised card in San Jose. And bantamweight Francisco Rivera takes on Hugo Viana.

Jake Shields  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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