UFC welterweight contender and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields lost his father, friend, and manager on Tuesday.
Jack Shields reportedly died peacefully in his sleep, passing sometime during the night. Jack was 67 years of age when he passed at his home in Sacramento, Calif.
“Lost my father, manager, and one of my best friends today! R.I.P. Jack, you will be greatly missed and loved by many,” wrote Jake Shields on his team’s Gracie Fighter website on Tuesday.
Jack was a constant supporter of his son’s career from instilling strong values to encouraging him to managing him to supporting him. The elder Shields was a staple at Jake’s fights.
“Jack would often make the long drive from his home to watch Jake practice and was always at Jake’s fights. He was part of our team and we will miss him,” read a message from the team at Gracie Fighter.
There was no word at the time of publication if Jake had determined whether or not his father’s passing would alter his decision to fight Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17 in New Orleans.
Those of us at MMAWeekly.com would like to express our sincere condolences and best wishes to Jake and his family.
Henry Cejudo still plans to fight at UFC 218 despite burning his foot and losing key personal items while escaping the California wildfires.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Claudia Gadelha only had lost to strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk before Friday. Then Jessica Andrade came into her life. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
Even though he lost the chance to fight at UFC 216 at the last minute, did Mark Godbeer wind up getting the better end of the deal?Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
UFC 216 headliner Kevin Lee is doing all he can to lure Conor McGregor into a UFC lightweight title-unification match.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>
UFC 216 has lost a fight just over 24-hours away from the event. Lightweight fighter Nik Lentz has been forced out of his scheduled fight against former teammate Will Brooks and the matchup has now b read news >>
UFC bantamweight contender Julianna Pena is pregnant. Pena hasn't set foot in the Octagon since she lost to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 25 in January, and now it looks like she won't be return read news >>
For a lot of UFC fighters, a manager is like insurance. “You don’t need insurance every day, but when you need it, you really need it.”Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
Georges St-Pierre has enlisted the help of a former opponent ahead of his UFC 217 title fight with Michael Bisping.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>
Jan Blachowicz has lost four of his last five fights heading into his UFC-Gdansk main-card bout vs. Devin Clark.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Veteran flyweight Ian McCall today asked for his release from UFC contract after the promotion denied his demand for a $100,000 payout in his next fight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>