After going 2-0 in 2013 while defeating top welterweight contenders Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley, then losing just one fight in 2014 to a third top contender in Hector Lombard, Jake Shields has been released by the UFC.
The following statement was released to MMAFighting via Lex McMahon of Alchemist management:
“Jake Shields has been released by the UFC. 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 had a 3-0, 1 NC record in his past four fights and would have been undefeated in the previous two years if it had not been for a No Contest against Ed Herman.
Shields came over to the UFC back in 2010 at UFC 121 with a win over Martin Kampmann. He was then given a title shot against Georges St-Pierre at the historic UFC 129. He lost to St-Pierre and snapped an almost seven-year unbeaten streak.
Over the course of that unbeaten streak, Shields won the inaugural Elite XC welterweight title and then vacated that belt to join Strikeforce, where he became the middleweight champion after defeating Jason Miller for the vacant belt.