Less than three weeks after the loss of his father Jack Shields, former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields will step into the Octagon and fight in the main event at the UFC Battle on the Bayou. News of the elder Shields’ death broke yesterday morning with his son confirming online he’d lost not only his dad but manager and “best friend”.
However, according to multiple outlets, rather than understandably withdraw from the September 17 bout against Jake Ellenberger, Shields has opted to maintain his commitment to the clash in the Crescent City with a decision echoing Brett Favre taking to the field on Monday Night Football in 2003 a day after his father’s passing.
“He will fight,” trainer Cesar Gracie commented to MMAWeekly.
Shields had won fifteen in a row before being outpointed by Georges St. Pierre last April at UFC 129. He holds past wins over Carlos Condit, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Robbie Lawler, Yushin Okami, and Dan Henderson.
In Ellenberger he faces a 24-5 competitor who has come away with his hands raised in four straight fights. Twenty of his victories have been the result of a stoppage.
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