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R.I.P. Jack Shields, Father and Manager to MMA Star Jake Shields


(Jack and Jake in 2004.)

Graciefighter.com passes along the bad news:

The father of Jake Shields has passed away. It was learned that he died peacefully as he slept. Jack Shields was instrumental in his son’s MMA career. He taught Jake the values of hard work and perseverance. He was always there and was a fervent supporter through Jake’s early years in wrestling and when Jake transcended to MMA.

Jack would often make the long drive from his home to watch Jake practice and was always at Jake’s fights. He was part of our team and we will miss him.

“lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many” – Jake Shields

Jack Shields coached his son in wrestling from the ages of nine to 19, and first got involved in Jake’s MMA career when the Cesar Gracie product had trouble finding opponents following his 2002 Shooto upset of Hayato Sakurai. Our thoughts are with Jake during this sad time.

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rangerrexxx- September 1, 2011 at 5:51 am
Perhaps Shields will honor his fathers memory by fighting. I can't think of anything more fitting. condolences Jake. R.I.P. Jack.
Todd M- August 31, 2011 at 7:04 am
To FBF, for sure man I can't wait for the next UFC down here, Brisbane would be a lot cheaper
Todd M- August 31, 2011 at 7:02 am
To XENO FBF, Gold Coast
eDrinker- August 31, 2011 at 4:12 am
No disrespect here but this could affect shields future as a fighter. It must have cross his mind that he missed the chance to show his father he was the UFC champion. In other words either he could become extremely demotivated. A lot of sons want to make their fathers proud, remember DW's speach: I wish my father was here to see this etc.

I hope it doesn't affect him too much because I think he's a class act.
fatbellyfrank- August 31, 2011 at 2:59 am
@ Todd M, good to see another Aussie, there's quite a few of us now, we should try and sort something out for next UFC in Sydney, Oh and Dana, Brisbane would be a fucken great venue for another Aussie UFC event
XENOPHON- August 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm
@Todd M
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Are you anywhere near Byron Bay?
Todd M- August 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm
R.I.P. Jack, listen to fbf no disrespect or ul have to answer to us Aussies(we get up 10 hours before u so be warned). My Thoughts are with Jake and his family, Jack raised a hell of a son, who is not only a world class fighter but a damn good human being
PERPATRAITOR- August 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm
WAR JACK SHIELDS! MAY HIS SEED CONTINUE TO KICK TRASH "Buckets"!!
fatbellyfrank- August 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm
please guys, no flame wars on this thread, thoughts and prayers go out to Shield family at their time of loss and RIP Jack, if you fight in 2 weeks Jake, I will def be cheering you on for this bout
joshuan29- August 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm
"kick the bucket" =pretty common expression. Look it up......no disrespect in it. Bro
Fatty McDickbutts- August 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm
@joshuan29 "kicks the bucket"?? You're a fucking hypocrite, bro.

Best wishes to Jake and his family
joshuan29- August 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Says a lot about you that you have to "refrain" from cracking jokes when a dudes dad kicks the bucket. Truly wonderful guys u are. RIP Jack. Prayers to Jake and his family. Will be there to cheer him on in NO if he still takes the fight.
Seoul Brother- August 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Pour out for Jack.

We should all be so lucky to go out so peacefully.
BONGTAR- August 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm
I agree with Taco. I'll refrain.
Fried Taco- August 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Although lots of stupid jokes come to mind, I'll refrain out of respect for Jake. RIP Jack Shields.
XENOPHON- August 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Another tough knock for Shields...
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...there's not much detail in that obituary post from CP, but it sounds to me like his old man cared about his son and took interest in his boys fight game.
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Kicking the bucket while asleep is makes for an easy closure for those left with the living, others deal with much worse - long and drawn out.
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...I was surprised to see this news as the UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger is only about 2 weeks away. I wonder who the back up fighter is going to be if Jake decides he has other priorities?
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