Sherdog.com announced yesterday that UFC welterweight Jake Shields’ father and manager, Jack Shields, had passed away at age 67 from natural causes. Many wondered whether or not the elder Shields’ death would cause the Cesar Gracie fight team member to pull out of his impending bout against Jake Ellenberger, but MMAJunkie.com is reporting that he will be keeping his spot opposite Ellenberger.
Shields and Ellenberger are set to meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 25 in the middle of next month, in a fight with serious implications in the UFC’s welterweight division.
After going undefeated in fifteen straight fights between the 170 and 185lbs. divisions, picking up wins over Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Dan Henderson and Martin Kampmann along the way, Shields faced Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title. Though he was the first man in a long time to steal a round from St-Pierre, he was still unable to do enough to unseat the champ and was defeated by unanimous decision.
Since Ellenberger made his UFC debut against Carlos Condit back in 2009, losing that bout via controversial split decision, The Juggernaut has rattled off four straight victories in the octagon, including impressive stoppages over Mike Pyle, John Howard and Sean Pierson. Ellenberger and Shields both appeared in action last at UFC 129 in Toronto.
UFC Fight Night 25 is set to take place on September 17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.