Jon Fitch vs. Jake Shields Confirmed as WSOF 11 Co-Main Event

May 2, 2014
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Jon Fitch vs Jake ShieldsThe recent blow of losing welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares’ first title defense for its July 5 fight card ended up not being all that severe for World Series of Fighting after the promotion was able to sign Jon Fitch vs. Jake Shields in its stead.

Palhares was originally slated to defend his belt against Fitch in the WSOF 11 headliner, but withdrew from the fight due to his mother’s ill health and her need for surgery.

A lightweight title tilt between current champion Justin Gaethje and challenger Nick Newell is the new main event, while Fitch vs. Shields will occupy the co-main event slot.

WSOF president Ray Sefo on Friday confirmed the news first reported by MMAJunkie.com.

This change of events may actually make for a more deserving title shot, as Fitch (25-6-1, 1 NC) is 1-1 since signing with World Series of Fighting. He lost his promotional debut in surprising upset by fellow UFC veteran Josh Burkman, who submitted him just 41 seconds into their bout.

Fitch got back on track with a split decision victory over Marcelo Alfaya at WSOF 6 last October before initially being slotted in as Palhares’ first defense.

He’ll now have to win against another incoming UFC veteran in Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC), who is currently one of the top ten ranked welterweights in the world.

Shields was surprisingly released after a single loss in the Octagon ended a four-fight run without a defeat. He defeated Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia back-to-back before losing a decision to Hector Lombard at UFC 171 and then getting released.

WSOF 11: Gaethje vs. Newell takes place on July 5, although a venue and location have yet to be announced.

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  • Seth

    Personally for me – that’s dream fight :) I wish winner of that could fight Askren… :/

  • fsunoles10

    fitch doesnt have anything on shields in the grappling department. my man shields gonna submit him or get a dominate unanimous decision.

  • Hugh_G_Reckshun

    Call me crazy but i predict this one is going to the gound.

    • Jon Shields

      No Way this hits the Ground! These two elite strikers are gonna go toe to toe and duke it out. Gonna be more fireworks than the 4th of July!! lmao ;-)

      • Kenny Powers

        Hahahahahahahahahaha. Who knows, they might cancel each other out and we might see a fight.

  • Darin

    Fitch vs. Shields = The Ultimate Beer Run Opportunity!
    (But seriously, I’ll watch it. It might be entertaining and I expect Shields to win via decision)

    • seriouz

      b.s.
      this is not goin’ to a decision, folks!

  • Kenny Powers

    Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the most boring fight in the history of MMA. Now if we can only get Askren as the special guest referee.

  • Lt. Dangle

    Winner fights Askren for the Undisputed Ambien Championship of the world.

  • Dragon Kid

    I’ll be surprised if these two guys can pull out a good fight outta each other

  • Mihael Hajdin

    Those 2 stand-up legends should be fighting in Glory, not mma..

  • brad king

    yaaaawwwwwwnn

  • The milkman

    Has anyone ever out stuck either one of these guys?

  • shakejunt

    fingers crossed on cliche double ko

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Even though these two haven’t been at the top of their game in years this fight could be very interesting as long as they stay active. I’m hoping this fight goes back and fourth and becomes very competitive.