The last MMA event of 2017 will be the World Series Of Fighting 34, which will see a welterweight title clash between champion Jon Fitch and challenger Jake Shields. Shields, who is a former Elite XC Welterweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, plans on getting the quick finish over Fitch, in a fight that grappling fans have salivated over for years.
“It’s hard to predict what happens in a fight, but I would like to go out there and get right at it,” Shields said to MMA Junkie. “I want to go out there and try to end this fight and not let it go 25 minutes. No one wants to fight for 25 minutes. I want to go out there and hopefully submit Fitch early on.”
Despite the fact that Shields is predicting a quick finish at the WSOF 34, he still has a lot of respect for his opponent.
“He’s a guy I’ve got a lot of respect for, so I’m certainly not going to talk any (expletive) on Fitch,” Shields said. “He’s a great welterweight. He’s had a great career, and I think he’s still talented, so I’m excited to be fighting him for this title. It’s one of those fights I expected to happen years ago. I always thought me and Fitch wold fight, both being NorCal guys, both being top-5 welterweights most of our career, I’m surprised we haven’t fought before.”
World Series Of Fighting 34 takes place on Saturday, December 31 from The Theater At Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Justin Gaethje and Luiz Firmino headlining.