In what feels like it would be a match-up for the UFC welterweight title in a non-GSP oriented universe will now serve as a co-main event on the WSOF 11 offering.
Jake Shields (29-7-1) will receive a high quality matchup with fellow UFC vet and former number 1 contender Jon Fitch (25-6-1) in his debut with the World Series of Fighting since being cut from the famed octagon.
Fitch has split fights since joining the perennial top 5 promotion, dropping his opening bout to another high profile UFC veteran Josh Burkman via guillotine choke in their main event tilt at WSOF 3, then rebounding at WSOF 6 against Marcelo Alfaya by way of a split decision.
Fitch had a streak of 7 straight victories when he debuted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship; including a win in the first fight against Josh Burkman, a triumph over former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves and a dominant win over former lightweight title contender Diego Sanchez.
Then after his loss to GSP for the undisputed 170 pound title, Fitch enjoyed another streak of 5 straight wins, highlighted by a rematch decision win with the “Pit Bull” Thiago Alves and a hand raising against current Titan Fighting powerhouse, Ben Saunders.
Jake Sheilds on the other hand was unable to match his dominance from 2005-2010 going 15-0, prior to his entrance into the UFC welterweight division. Going 4-3-1 and losing his last outing against Hector Lombard, the wrestling welterweight was released, but will look to make a new stomping ground with WSOF.
WSOF 11 will be headlined by Justin Gaethje facing Nick Newell for the promotion’s lightweight title but the bout beforehand will be sure to provide a grappling clinic.