The World Series Of Fighting will be going opposite the historic UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12th and they will be bring out the big guns as current WSOF Welterweight Champion Jon Fitch will be making his first title defense against former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and fellow UFC veteran Jake Shields.
The fight was originally set to happen earlier this year, but Shields never signed for the fight because that would have been the last fight on his WSOF deal, Shields has since signed a new four fight contract and the fight is now ready to go. Shields has not competed since the controversial fight with then welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares at the WSOF 22 in August 2015.
Palhares was stripped of his championship following the bout against Shields, Palhares has yet to return to the promotion and was recently knocked out by Emil Meeks at Venator FC III in May 2016. Palhares returns to action in Poland at KSW 36, where he will be looking to get back on the winning track when he faces Michal Materla.
Fitch, meanwhile, captured the vacant championship when he defeated Joao Zeferino by decision at the WSOF 30 in April 2016. WSOF President Ray Sefo announced the contest on ESPN this past Tuesday, Sefo himself is a decorated kickboxer and he also competed in mixed martial arts before taking the role of president of the WSOF.
Fitch versus Shields will be headlining the World Series Of Fighting 34, which takes place on November 12th from the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.