Yesterday, UFC veteran and former title challenger Jake Shields was released by the promotion. The initial reaction to the release was mostly that of shock from the MMA community due to the fact that Shields is 3-1 with 1 no contest in his last five fights.
In his last bout, Shields was manhandled by Hector Lombard en route to a unanimous decision loss. The loss broke Shields winning streak and set him at #11th in the UFC Welterweight rankings. Shields does hold UFC victories over higher ranked fighters such as Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley. Outside of the UFC, Shields holds victories over Carlos Condit, Dan Henderson, and Robbie Lawler.
To lose one fight and then all of a sudden be out of a job was something that I believe was surprising and not contemplated.
We were really positioned and looking for Jake as a potential title contender, given the mix of the landscape after Georges (St-Pierre) retired. Jake had beaten pretty much everybody that was out there. He beat (Carlos) Condit, he beat (Tyron) Woodley, he beat (Demian) Maia.
The right performance, he potentially fights for the title. The wrong performance, he’s looking for a new job.
McMahon went on to say that Shields has already received some very intriguing offers from other organizations. FanSided will keep you updated with Shields’ status as the story develops.