#11-ranked welterweight Jake Shields has been released from the UFC.
The announcement comes after the former Strikeforce middleweight champ lost his most recent outing against top 170lb contender Hector Lombard, ending a four-fight unbeaten streak.
Although he came into the UFC with some hype behind him, having defended his title against the legendary and heavily-favoured Dan Henderson in his final fight under the Strikeforce banner, it seems Shields never quite lived up to fans' expectations during his stay with Zuffa.
A series of lacklustre decisions and an eventual defeat have now seen him go the same way as the likes of Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami.
There has been no news yet on if Shields and his management are in talks with other promotions, though the obvious ones that spring to wind would be Bellator, One FC and World Series of Fighting.
With Ben Askren having recently signed with One FC, a battle between former Strikeforce and Bellator champs could make for a marketable match-up for the eastern MMA promotion.
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