Jake Shields’ father and manager died yesterday at the age of 67 from natural causes. By all accounts it was a ‘sudden but peaceful’ thing, which is I guess all we can ask when it comes to something shitty like dying. I used to think death via getting a BJ would be the best way to go, but that would probably manifest itself as a horrific heart attack and some girl screeching my way into the afterlife. Here’s the official statements from Jake’s camp:
“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.”
Shields issued a brief message himself through the website.
“lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many,” he said.
No word yet on if Jake will still headline the Battle on the Bayou event on September 17th. He wouldn’t be the first fighter to pull out of a fight this week due to an unexpected death in the family. Sam Stout had to drop out of his UFC 137 match against Dennis Siver following the loss of his brother in law and trainer Shawn Tompkins:
Just two weeks after his brother-in-law and longtime trainer Shawn Tompkins died suddenly, popular Canadian lightweight Sam Stout has withdrawn from his UFC 137 bout versus Dennis Siver. Stout, in an interview Tuesday on The Score Network’s MMA Show, said he just wasn’t ready – physically or emotionally – to return to Ultimate Fighting Championship action without the man who has been at his side for more than a decade.
“Shawn has been my coach since I got into the sport. I’ve never had a fight, dating back to my kick-boxing career … I’ve never had a fight, without him training me for it and without him being in my corner,” said Stout.
Replacing Stout will be Donald Cerrone, who’s looking to further complicate the lightweight upper rankings by stringing together as many wins in as short of a time as possible. I think I liked the old injury-related gypsy curse better than this new killer strain.