Ex-Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly assaulting Mike Jackson at the UFC Performance Institute in December.
According to a report from MMA Fighting, Shields was charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery. A summons was issued for the former UFC fighter on August 9. He failed to appear at an arraignment on September 21 resulting in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest that same day.
Mike Jackson, the man Shields is accused of assaulting late last year, had some unsavory words for Shields while discussing his upcoming return to the cage against UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich this month.
“He’s a piece of sh*t,” Jackson said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “Jake Shields, I know somebody is going to tell you about this. You better be on your best behavior, you f*cking coward. Because the man is looking [for you].
“He has a warrant out for his arrest because he’s a coward piece of sh*t. So he’s on the run essentially. He’s ducking and dodging the cops because they want to get him. The [district attorney] wants to get his ass real good. So that’s going to happen.”
Jackson’s issues with Shields began online after the two got into an argument over race-related politics. In December 2022, both men were at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas when Shields allegedly attacked Jackson without provocation. Shields posted a video of the incident on X that appeared to show him on top of Jackson while throwing punches and surrounded by a group of onlookers.
“Finally ran into the b*tch Mike Jackson,” Shields wrote. “He quickly discovered the difference between calling people Nazis in person vs on Twitter. This racist is lucky so many people were there to save his pathetic racist ass.”
Finally ran into the bitch Mike Jackson
He quickly discovered the difference between calling people Nazis In person vs on Twitter
This racist is lucky so many people were there to save his pathetic racist ass pic.twitter.com/90luT0YjfG
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) December 16, 2022
Mike Jackson Wanted to Settle Things with Jake Shields Inside the Cage
On October 14, Mike Jackson will return to action under the Caged Aggression MMA banner in Davenport, Iowa for a showdown with the first-ever UFC welterweight world champion, Pat Miletich.
Originally, Jackson and Miletich were good friends with the latter helping Jackson prepare for his clash with CM Punk inside the Octagon at UFC 225. However, their relationship turned sour after Miletich attended the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Now, the former associates will settle their differences inside the cage.
Jackson revealed that he had attempted to settle things in a similar fashion with Jake Shields, but the bout fell through after Shields demanded it be a bare-knuckle bout akin to the early days of the UFC.
“He’s pasting this narrative online that I’m scared of him and he whooped me,” Jackson said. “First of all, the dude attacked me from behind like the coward piece of s*** that he is. Fine. He said he wanted to fight. I gave him terms to fight. We agreed to the terms of the fight, and then he jumped me from behind.
“He agreed to box me. Those are his words. OK, you agreed to box me, here are the terms. We do PRIDE rules, 10-minute first round, and every round after that is five minutes. There is no round limit. We go until someone quits or someone gets knocked out, and it will be on a pay-per-view stream and we split the profits — 60 percent to the winner and 40 percent to the loser. He’s like ‘No, f*ck that, you’re a p*ssy, I want to fight you UFC 1, bare-knuckle rules.’ You’re a f*cking piece of sh*t.
“That’s fine, they’ve got a warrant out for your arrest, Jake Shields, you f*cking piece of shit coward Nazi. They’re coming for you boy – you better watch out.”
Check out the preview for Mike Jackson vs. Pat Miletich below: