Will the UFC regret its decision to cut Jake Shields? | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Jake Shields is out of work.
Shields was released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 7, a little less than three years after he challenged Georges St. Pierre for the Las Vegas-based organization’s welterweight crown. The 35-year-old compiled a 4-3 record inside the Octagon, with victories over Martin Kampmann, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. However, Shields was often derided for his methodical approach in the cage -- an approach that undoubtedly factored into his release.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, Shields has won titles inside the Shooto, Strikeforce and EliteXC promotions. He once went more than six years between losses.
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