Some sad news today. Jack Shields the father and manager of Jake Shields was found dead at the age of 67. He went peacefully in his sleep. Back in 2010 Jack had congestive heart failure. As of this morning it isn't known if that was the cause of his death.
Jack Shields was a fervent supporter of his son Jake. He was his manager and brokered the current deal that Jake has with the UFC. He handled all of Jake's business needs including sponsorships and contracts.
Jake was extremely close with his father. His father would make often make long drives from his home to see Jake practice and was at all of his fights. So, I would not be surprised if he pulls out of his fight on September 17th with Jake Ellenberger.
I wish Jake Shields and his family my condolences in the loss of Jack Shields.