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Following Father’s Death, Jake Shields Will Still Compete at ‘UFC Fight Night 25′

Just a quick follow-up to yesterday’s news of Jack Shields’s passing: death/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>MMAFighting has confirmed that Jake Shields will still face Jake Ellenberger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 25 (aka “Battle on the Bayou”), which takes place September 17th in New Orleans.

However, the event’s preliminary card has suffered a setback, as DaMarques Johnson and Mackens Semerzier have both withdrawn due to injuries. Johnson has already been replaced by returning TUF 11 vet Seth Baczynski. UFC Fight Night 25′s current lineup is after the jump…

Main Card
Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger
Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang
Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch
Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald

Preliminary Card
Cody McKenzie vs. Vagner Rocha
Evan Dunham vs. Shamar Bailey
Matt Riddle vs. Lance Benoist
Ken Stone vs. Donny Walker
Seth Baczynski vs. Clay Harvison
Daniel Roberts vs. TJ Waldburger
Justin Edwards vs. Jorge Lopez

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Todd M- August 31, 2011 at 10:06 pm
@ Pen Fifteen, McGee is Court between Dong and Wang?....Anybody... 'Crickets'
Todd M- August 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Man good for Jake, he's really manning up on this one hope he gets the win. Some interesting fights i forgot about on this card. Eric Koch is a beast, I could see him getting a title shot if he beats Brookins, Belchers return is long awaited good to see him back and Evan Dunham looking to get back in the mix, should be a solid card.
Pen Fifteen- August 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm
No Dong(i) jokes yet? C'mon bro.
TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- August 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm
I'm really interested in the Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald fight.
Want to see if Belcher is back on track after being out so long with that detached retina. If his vision didn't return fully that could be a huge problem. It's one thing being a deaf fighter in the UFC, being blind isn't something you can overcome for MMA.
XENOPHON- August 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Yeah it should be a good brawl, one will be out for his father and the wants a title shot.
Get Off Me- August 31, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Shields will open as the -280 favorite.
Other than his shaky weight cutting UFC debut, he's just too good not to bet on here. Not to good to watch though, tough to watch, but if he ain't getting KO'd by Hendo, he ain't getting KO'd by Ellenberger. Check out the first round of Ellenberger/ De Rochas to see what happens when an elite grappler(Shields) is on the mat with Ellenberger.
skeletor- August 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm
I don't know? I honestly couldn't pick a winner before and now who the fuck knows for real. This could really screw Shields up or light a fire under his ass. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
XENOPHON- August 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm
You think Ellenberger is favored to win?
skeletor- August 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Ellenberger is gonna feel like shit if he wins.