Jake Shields, Mike Jackson erupt in physical altercation at UFC PI over social media insults; both threaten legal action


Online bad blood has spilled over into real life for two UFC veterans.

Former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing a physical altercation between him and four-fight UFC veteran Mike Jackson, which took place at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. Shields and Jackson have feuded over social media extensively on a variety of issues such as race, politics, and more.

” Finally ran into the **** Mike Jackson,” Shields posted on Twitter. He quickly realized the differences between calling people Nazis face-to-face and on Twitter. This racist is lucky so many people were there to save his pathetic racist ass.”

In the video, which can be seen below, Shields is shown controlling Jackson from side control and then mount position while several bystanders stand around watching the pair. “You’re a little b****, you said you were going to f*** me up,” Shields says to Jackson in the clip, which prompts a response from Jackson asking the assembled crowd for help. Shields then appears to posture up from mount and throw strikes at Jackson before the clip ends.

In a follow-up tweet, Shields invited Jackson to the Xtreme Couture gym for a rematch and explained “they dragged me off [Jackson] because he was begging for mercy.”

After the incident Jackson and Shields continued their verbal attacks on one another via Twitter. Shields called for Jackson to attend Xtreme Couture with Jackson, and indicated that he had left the Strikeforce champion without a sight.

Jackson said to Steven Marrocco, MMA Fighting’s executive director, that he intends to file charges against Shields in relation the incident.

Shields told MMA Fighting that he spoke to an attorney who relayed that he has firm ground for a defamation suit against Jackson for his accusations related to nazidom.

Jackson, 37, has split his four UFC appearances, sandwiching victories over CM Punk (which was later overturned to a no-contest due to a positive test for marijuana) and Dean Barry between first-round stoppage losses to Mickey Gall and Pete Rodriguez.

Shields, 43, retired from MMA in 2018 following a first-round knockout loss to Ray Cooper III in the PFL playoffs. The veteran grappler holds notable wins over Dan Henderson, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley, and more.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/12/16/23513472/jake-shields-mike-jackson-erupt-in-physical-altercation-at-ufc-pi-over-social-media-insults-jackson?rand=96749