UFC, Jake Shields Part Ways After Recent Loss To Hector Lombard

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Former UFC welterweight title contender Jake Shields has been released by the promotion, according to confirmation from his manager to MMAFighting.com.

Shields, who turned 35 years old this past January, was defeated by Hector Lombard in March. The ex-Strikeforce champion has posted a 4-3 record since joining the UFC in 2010, including one no-contest vs. Ed Herman.

“Jake and our team are already exploring options,” said Lex McMahon, manager for Shields through Alchemist Management. “I’m confident that Jake will have a new promotion to call home very soon.”

Shields (29-7-1) joining the UFC on the heels of a decision victory over Dan Henderson. He topped Martin Kampmann via decision in 2010 and earned a shot at Georges St-Pierre for the belt in 2011.

After suffering a decision loss to GSP, Shields was stopped by Jake Ellenberger. The bout came just days after the passing of his father.

Shields rebounded to defeat Yoshihiro Akiyama before topping Herman. However, the result was changed to a no-contest after failing the post-fight drug test. The fight also came at middleweight, as Shields was contemplating a move to the division.

In 2013, he returned to defeat Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia via split decisions before the recent loss to Lombard.

“Jake is an elite athlete who is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world,” McMahon said, “with a long history of winning at a championship level.”

Shields debuted in 1999 and is also a former EliteXC welterweight champion.

6 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Man that sucks, second favorite fighter. Also before losing to Lombard he had a win streak going. I do kinda see it though, while Shields is amazing on the ground, his stand up isn’t there and everyone knows it, so they keep him standing.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Crazy to let this guy go, he has beat some of the best there are, but we all know if you do not want to stand and bang like DW likes then you are not a favorite.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    The guy can beat most people in the world weighing 170lbs, but he doesnt sell tickets so he gets cut. Worse part of all this is none of us are surprised anymore. Sucks

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yep, nobody doubts Jake’s ability to still compete with the top WW talent in the world. But the UFC continues to make clear that’s not as important as other factors when it comes to their decision making.

    If we put the entertainment spectacle that is the WWE on one end of the spectrum, and on the other end the various pro sports leagues where legitimacy of competition comes first… the UFC continues to operate somewhere in the middle, in a place of ambiguity where they often manipulate the playing field to maximize revenue.

    It’s frustrating as a fan, so I can only imagine how maddening it has to be for the fighters who fall out of the UFC’s favor. And what really pisses me off is when Dana piles on. It’s not enough to just cut a guy, but then Dana starts spewing his promoter bullshit as he tries to rationalize these decisions, recently saying in regard to Shields that “at this point, he’s just another guy.”

    Dana and the other UFC honchos have gotten filthy stinking rich off the backs of these fighters, and yet as soon as a guy is no longer pumping in $$ towards the UFC’s bottom line Dana has no problem badmouthing and/or disrespecting them in public forums. Instead of expressing gratitude for the (literal) blood, sweat & tears these fighters have poured into the sport, and giving them their due respect, Dana time & time again displays his true colors as just another rat promoter. It’s fucking disgusting.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    Rich I’m totally with you there, compared to their profits most fighters barely make anything after paying for training. I think it’s fair to make the minimum pay to fight 50,000. This is not counting sponsors.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    The ufc is throwing top guys away like they have great match ups or ppvs lined up. Why not pay them so much for the contract and thats it. 3 fight contract heres 120,000$. See u on fight days.

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