Mike Jackson now has the opportunity to settle his score with Jake Shields following their UFC PI scuffle. According to Jackson, he has been released from his contract with UFC and is now a free agent. Last month, Jackson was involved in an altercation with Shields at the UFC Performance Institute, in which Shields allegedly assaulted Jackson.
Jackson notes that he has pressed charges on Shields for the incident. He also explained that his release from the UFC was not related to the incident, but instead due to difficulty to find an opponent for Jackson, who holds a record of 1-2 (1 NC).
Mike Jackson Wants To Box Jake Shields
Now that Jackson is free of the UFC, speaking to MMA Fighting, he explains that he’d like to set up a boxing match against Shields to settle their differences once and for all.
“My mindset wasn’t to beat the f*** out of Jake Shields — it was to not get punched in the face,” Jackson said. “So he’s in my DMs, talking a bunch of s***, but then his tune changed, and he was like, ‘Do you want me to come to Houston to box? I’ll come box you.’
“I haven’t responded yet, but that’s my new thing. He’s going to come to Houston, or we’re going to find somewhere to meet, and I’ll beat the f*** out of him for the s*** that he did.”
Jackson is best known for his involvement in the UFC’s signing of CM Punk. Initially, he was matched up with Mickey Gall to decide who would welcome Punk into the UFC in his first-ever fight. However, Gall won that fight rather handily, submitting Jackson in just under a minute.
After Gall went on to defeat Punk, Jackson then got the opportunity to fight Punk in his second fight, which Jackson won via unanimous decision, however, the decision was later overturned to a No Contest after Jackson tested positive for marijuana.
In April of last year, Jackson picked up his first professional win of his career against Dean Barry after an illegal eye poke got Barry disqualified. His last Octagon appearance this past October resulted in Jackson suffering a brutal knockout loss to Pete Rodriguez, marking the end of his run in the UFC. It remains to be seen if Shields will accept Jackson’s challenge to a boxing bout.