After posting a mundane 4-3 (1 NC) record in the UFC, welterweight Jake Shields (pictured) has been released by the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
MMAFighting.com confirmed Shields’ firing Monday with his manager, Lex McMahon of Alchemist Management.
“Jake Shields has been released by the UFC,” McMahon expressed in a statement. “Jake appreciates the opportunities provided by the UFC and thanks Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita. Jake is an elite athlete who is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world with a long history of winning at a championship level.
“Jake and our team are already exploring options. I’m confident that Jake will have a new promotion to call home very soon. Jake thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to competing for them again soon.”
Shields made his long-awaited debut with the promotion back in October 2010 by posting a split decision win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 121. He then made history by challenging then-welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 129 in front of a record crowd of more than 55,000 fans inside Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The April 2011 show also set a UFC live gate record of over $12 million.
The only time a Shields fight in the UFC didn’t go to a decision was his first round TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger. He was most recently outpointed by Hector Lombard last month at UFC 171.
Shields, now 35, owns a 29-7-1 (1 NC) overall professional record. Given his resume and name in the game, there will be suitors for his services.