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Old 08-31-2011, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Despite Father's Death, Jake Shields will fight Jake Ellenberger in New Orleans.

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Jake Shields has decided to go through with his Sept. 17 fight against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 following the recent death of his father and manager, Jack Shields. MMA Fighting confirmed the fighter's decision with UFC officials.

GracieFighter.com broke the news of Jack Shields' passing on Tuesday. He was 67 years old.

No word just yet on the cause of death. According to Sherdog.com, Shields died in his sleep on Monday at his Sacramento, Calif., home.

"Lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many," Shields was quoted as saying on the Web site.

Shields served as his son's manager since 2002. Prior to his son's title fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 129, Shields spoke to MMA Fighting's Ben Fowlkes about how he ended up working with his son.

"After the ['Mach'] Sakurai fight he didn't get any offers. He upset Sakurai and then two months later he still wasn't in any fights. So he asked me to find him a fight," he said.

"Jake asked me to manage him after that and I said, 'I'm sure there's someone down there who knows the business a lot better than I do. I'm all the way up here in the mountains. There's got to be someone closer to you who knows this business.' Six to eight months later he sent me a contract that somebody wanted him to sign and then I took over. It was terrible. I had to [delete] the whole thing and write a new one."

UFN 25: "Battle at the Bayou" airs live on Spike TV from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Shields vs. Ellenberger will serve as the card's main event.
http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/08/3...fathers-death/

Respect to him for fighting, although I don't think anyone would have been mad if he pulled out.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Props to him for doing that, I can't imagine what he's going through, 'cause I'm also close to my dad and I can't imagine the situation, much less concentrate on training for a fight and fighting.
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He needs to keep his mind off the matter,
So keep on training and focusing on the fight probably is a good idea.
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I'm going to hunt down every person in the audience who thinks it's cool to boo this man that night.
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I wouldn't want to be Ellenberger. Shields will probably tear some limb off that night.
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Hard to root against him now.
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Hard to root against him now.
Exactly how I feel. I really was expecting him to pull out because of how close his father was to him.
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Gunna be one hell of a post fight interview (when he wins)
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Great to see he had an good relationship with his father/manager. You see a lot of people who have contentious relationships or caustic ones; Floyd Mayweather being a prime example.

A lot of good folks passing away these days.
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HUGE respect for him for doing this.

I was almost sure the fight would have been postponed. And i don't think anyone would have had anything against it tbh.

It takes massive courage, inner peace and composure to go ahead in a moment like this.

I guess Shields has these qualities.

I hope it won't affect his fighting though.

I picked Ellenberger before this fight and i still think he wins it.
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