There were things Jake Shields could always count on during fight week.
His father and manager, Jack Shields, constantly monitored him, called him, checked on his weight and made sure he was getting rest and keeping his appointments.
But things have been different this week for the former Strikeforce and Elite XC champion, who headlines Saturday night's UFC Fight Night show in New Orleans, dubbed "Battle in the Bayou," against Jake Ellenberger.
Jack Shields, 67, died Aug. 29 from an apparent heart attack. At that point, the son was faced with a decision with the fight less than three weeks away. Shields said the decision wasn't difficult to make, as he knew what his father would have wanted.
"Of course there was a decision, but it was a pretty easy decision," said Shields (26-5-1). "I thought about it for the first 10 minutes after my mom called to tell me. I broke down. I thought about it for a few minutes. I had to take the day off. Doing the fight was the right thing to do. HeRead More »from Shields fights on after father's death